Critical Spective Reflectivity on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Assessment Rigidity: Keeping Pace with Security Measures of Assessment Modalities

J. Nyoni, B. A. Segoe


Critical spective reflectivity draws on very different ways of thinking about reality as well as a different way of thinking about securing assessment modalities in open and distance learning (ODL). We use the praxis: the need for self-conscious and ethical action based on a critical questioning of past actions and future possibilities to critically explore how secure assessment instruments in ODL are in order to keep up with security measures given the availability of a plethora of information communication technologies (ICTs) affordances. This article looks at the concept of critical spective self-reflectivity as a basis for an inquiry into what could be alternative methodologies of security. We suggest that reflective processes could offer important alternatives to the existing dominant and rigid security tools used for securing examination tools or instruments. In this article we do not seek to question the existing security tools, but to explore new ways of thinking about the need for appropriate stringent, adaptive security tools that can be used for protecting the reliability and integrity of those examination tools in an attempt to minimise the possibilities of compromising and breaching security in ODL.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n3p101

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