Integrity of assessments in challenging times

Phil Hancock, Jac Birt, Paul De Lange, Carolyn Fowler, Marie Kavanagh, Lorena Mitrione, Michaela Rankin, Geoff Slaughter, Andrew Williams

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A key role of universities is the credentialing of student learning by awarding degrees and diplomas. This requires universities to have confidence in the integrity of their assessment processes and in turn, external stakeholders to have the same confidence. This study investigates the following research question: 'Has COVID-19 had an impact on the assessment and invigilation of accounting courses in Australia and New Zealand and, if so, how?' This is a critical issue for accounting faculty in many countries as COVID-19 has forced a shift in the way assessments are administered - from face to face to online. The study involved a survey of accounting faculty in Australia and New Zealand and found changes occurred to how students were assessed because of COVID-19 and a variety of institutional responses to this. The paper makes recommendations for accounting educators, universities, and the professional accounting bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-522
Number of pages22
JournalAccounting Education
Issue number5
Early online date27 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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