Universitas Andalas’ Dr. Yulia expresses cautious preference towards AUN-QA Online Assessments

By Banjong Ujjin, Senior Programme Officer
16 Novemeber 2020

The Kemdikbud-DAAD International Seminar Series was organised from 20th - 27th October 2020. On 22nd October 2020, Dr. Yulia Hendri Yeni, SE, MT, Ak, CA from Universitas Andalas, an AUN-QA Associate Member University, spoke about the lesson from online AUN-QA Assessment at two study programmes of Economic Faculty at Universitas Andalas during the ‘Ensuring Quality in Crisis - Policy, Practice and the Future of EQA’ session.

In the presentation, Dr. Yulia discussed her experiences with AUN-QA Programme Assessments, both offline and online. She had conducted a survey for the internal assessors to compare the differences between the two. The assessments in question were the 118th AUN-QA Assessment on 14-16 August 2018, held offline, and the 178th AUN-QA Assessment on 7-11 September 2020, held online. Both assessments were conducted on the Economics Faculty with the offline assessment done on the accounting programme and the online assessment done on the economics study program.

The AUN Secretariat interviewed Dr. Yulia afterwards about her presentation to learn about the results of her study. According to her study, many of the participants saw advantages in doing online assessments, especially regarding efficiency. Dr. Yulia herself discussed some of her preferences for it.

She also mentioned drawbacks to online assessments including the difficulty of live streaming the site visit as well as the length of each interview session. There were more communication issues, for example in presenting evidence or making simple gestures which while intuitive for offline assessments, can often be difficult to interpret online.

She listed some suggestions to improve the online aspect of assessments, such as doing additional live-streaming simulations or training for even better preparation. Perhaps the most fundamental factor to the success of an online assessment is ensuring that there is proper equipment. In particular, she mentioned the importance of internet stability and audio fidelity—LAN connections over Wifi and headphones over headsets in certain cases.

While AUN-QA online assessments are, without a doubt, a work-in-progress, the valuable feedback gathered will contribute towards improving it. Even as the pandemic subsides, AUN-QA anticipates that there will be significant interest in it going forward. To quote Dr. Yulia, “I prefer an online assessment because in terms of organising and administrative parts, it is much easier, it is also cost effective”.