TIPS for Lecturers: Provide clear instructions when setting up assessment [short & long answer types]

It is important that lecturers take note of the following tips to consider, when you develop online exams.

TIP 1: Use ‘Upload File’ Question Type

  It is advised to make use of the ‘File Upload’ question type within Tests and Quizzes. This question type provides a student time to type it out on a text editing document (off-line); and upload it into the system.

  The test is still timed and requires students to complete within a specific time-frame.

TIP 2: Short Answer Essay Question Type

Lecturers are advised to give clear instructions to students when making use of this question type. Students should be advised to:

  Firstly, type answers in a text document first;

  Save the word document; then

 Copy and paste it within the text editor (within iKamva); and

  Save.

Please note that the ‘Short Answer Essay’ type requires students to be online for a specific time-frame. Should they lose connection they will lose their answers if they have not saved. This leads to students requesting that a lecturer re-opens a test.

TIP 3: Remind the student to save the Assessment

Lecturers are advised to give clear instructions to students with regards to saving off-line and online activities.

  Always use Google Chrome (Version 83); OR Mozilla FireFox (Version 77)

  Use the latest versions of the Internet Browsers

  Do not open multiple tabs/windows while taking the test

  Click on the ‘Save’ button to record each answer

  Click ‘Next’ to proceed with test

  Click Submit

NB: It is important that students are given sufficient time to submit short & long answer types.

See example of Law lecturers who have provided their students with clear instructions. Hence, when designing the online assessment, the lecturers provide the guidelines within the ‘About section’ – of the assessment settings.

Example: Law lecturers provide students with clear instructions (when setting up the question types & parts) EXAMINER’S INSTRUCTIONS: This is an official University Examination, and individual answers are required. No consultation or discussion of the examination questions with fellow students or anyone else is allowed. Any answers presented that bear an undue similarity to that of another student will be treated as examination dishonesty. Any form of dishonesty will be referred to the Proctor. For queries email: Dr Kondo tkondo@uwc.ac.za & Prof Hamman dhamman@uwc.ac.zaGENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Answer all questions in the paper. This examination consists of five parts. Part 1 consists of 8 questions in MCQ format. Complete the MCQs on iKamva. Remember to save each answer as you proceed. Part 2 consists of 12 questions in MCQ format, Complete the MCQs on iKamva. Remember to save each answer as you proceed. Part 3 consists of match the concept to the scenario questions. These will also be filled online on iKamva. Part 4 consists of a long question. These will be answered on a separate word document. The document should be properly identified with the student no as the file name. The student number of the student must appear on top of the document and the document should be adequately numbered. Once complete, the answer will be uploaded as a document by browsing, selecting and submitting to Part 4. If you are not able to upload, email your document to your lecturer. Part 5 consists of a long question. These will be answered on a separate word document. The document should be properly identified with the student no as the file name. The student number of the student must appear on top of the document and the document should be adequately numbered. Once complete, the answer will be uploaded as a document by browsing, selecting and submitting to Part 5. If you are not able to upload, email your document to your lecturer. NB: The lecturers also provided their email addresses to the students via the announcement tool within iKamva.   

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