It is important that you consider the following tips when you develop online exams.
Setting up and selection of exam question types
TIP 1: Use ‘Upload File’ Question Type
- It is advised to make use of ‘File Upload’ question types within Tests and Quizzes that provides a student time to type it out on a text editing document and upload it in the system.
- The test is still timed and requires students to complete within a specific time-frame
- This allows for a file upload question to be added to a new or existing assessment. This question type presents a question or assignment that requires the user to upload a file.
TIP 2: Short Answer Essay Question Type
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.
**To avoid many student requests to re-open tests and students losing their typed submissions, it is advised to avoid this question type.
** If you choose to make use of this question type, the students are advised to
· Type answers in a text document first; and
· Copy and paste it within the text editor in iKamva.
TIP 3: Assignment Submissions
· The Assignment eTool enables students to view and download the exam paper which can include short and/or long answer questions.
· Students are able to formulate their responses and upload the saved document within the specific time-period.
· This enables assignments to be checked via (Tii) automatically
· You are able to bulk-download the submissions, mark it offline (using track changes in Word) and upload graded assignments with feedback comments to students.
TIP 4: Take- Home Exams linked to Turnitin (Tii)
· A ‘Take-home’ exam can be created making use of the ‘Assignment’ eTool
· Make use of the ‘Single File Upload’ submission type
· Turnitin only generates a report from a single file
TIP 5: Timed Assessments/Exams
- If a timed test is created, you should allow the student to have sufficient time to access and settle. Hence an extended ‘open and close time’ setting is advised.
- Example: If a test is 45 minutes, the opening and closing time-period should be set for at least 60 minutes. This gives students with different access and data capabilities enough time to login and begin the assessment
- Do not tick the “Autosubmit save students’ work after the latest date” option if a test is timed.
Please contact CIECT to discuss and advise with the creation of your online examinations in advance.