Test settings are important for making your exam available to students at the right time, and ensuring the highest level of academic integrity. The following guide sets out the UTS recommendations for UTSOnline test settings to be used in timed LMS, LIVE invigilated, and AI invigilated online exams; plus settings for take-home exams.
Test settings are important for making your exam available to students at the right time, and ensuring the highest level of academic integrity. The following guide sets out the UTS recommendations for UTSOnline test settings to be used in Timed LMS, LIVE invigilated, and AI invigilated online exams.
- Navigate to the Tests section of your UTSOnline subject.
- Edit the Test you have already set up by hovering over the title, selecting the arrow icon, and selecting ‘Edit’.
- Select the arrow icon to the right of the quiz title. Select ‘Modify options’.
- Use the information in the following sections to select the required settings for your exam.
- The recommended naming convention is ‘Final Exam – Subject Code – Autumn Session 2020.’ (This convention is suggested so that the SAU Exams team will be able to identify your final exam to assign the appropriate individual student accessibility conditions.)
- Open test in new window – Set this to ‘No’.
- Make the link available to students – Set this to ‘Yes’ (Corrected from ‘No’ 02/06/20 ).
- Add a new announcement for this test – Set this to ‘Yes’ (Corrected from ‘No’ 02/06/20 ).
- Multiple attempts – This refers to multiple attempts starting from the beginning of an exam (not if a student leaves and comes back to the same test session due to technical or internet issues)
- For ProctorU Invigilated Exams (either live or AI), this is recommended to be set to 3 attempts.
- For Timed LMS exams, this should be left unselected.
- Forced completion – Leave unselected. (If selected forces students to finish quiz in one sitting. Therefore students who experience technical difficulties would be severely impacted)
- Set timer – Check this option and enter the completion time for the exam.
- Auto submit – Set this to ‘On’.
- Display after/until – Check both these options and enter the dates and times for your availability window for the exam.
- Password – Leave unselected for a Timed LMS exam. Enter one for an AI-Invigilated and a Live-invigilated exams (required technically, otherwise it will not be triggered as an ProctorU exam)
This should be set to match the end of the availability window.
Not required as self assessment should not be included in online exams. There is no need to amend this section.
Results and feedback should not be provided to students automatically. Ensure all fields and boxes in this section are unselected, including the When field.
All at once/ One at a time – ‘One at a time’ is recommended and ‘Prohibit Backtracking’ should remain unchecked (thus allowing students to return to a previous question as required).
Randomize questions – This should be left unchecked as it shuffles the order of the questions in an exam as a whole.
Select ‘Submit’ to save your settings changes.
A take-home exam is similar to a typical assignment in its setup, but there are a few specific settings that need to be taken into account due to the nature of this assessment.
- Go to the content area where you would like the take-home exam to appear and select Assessments > Turnitin Assignment.
- Select ‘Paper assignment’.
- When the Turnitin New Assignment window appears, assign these settings:
- Assignment title – The exam title should be ‘Final Exam – Subject Code – Autumn Session 202o’
- Point Value – Set a point value if necessary.
- Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for similarity – select this option
- Start and due dates – Set to match times for your take-home exam window.
- Post date – Set the post date to the 31 December this year (This is the date that feedback would be released to students for a regular assignment. This date is arbitrary for a take home exam but this field is required so a date is required)
- Select ‘Optional Settings’ at the bottom of the window to open the optional settings panel.
- Special instructions – Add your instructions for the assignment in the ‘special instructions field’. NB: You cannot attach a pdf or other attachment as your exam paper here, this will need to be added to the content area in UTSOnline as a normal item.
- Allow submissions after the due date – Set to ‘Yes’
- Generate similarity reports for submissions – Set to ‘Yes’
- Generate similarity reports for student submission – Set to ‘immediately first report is final’ if limiting to a single submission or ‘immediately (can overwrite reports until due date)’ if allowing multiple submissions. While a single submission may present as more final for an exam type entry, multiple submissions may also assist students who encounter technical issues. If only allowing students one submission please make this clear in the exam details. (Amended with further detail, 02/06/20)
- Exclude bibliographic materials – Set to ‘No’
- Exclude quoted materials – Set to ‘No’
- Exclude small sources – Depends on your discipline.
- Allow students to see similarity reports – Set to ‘No’
- Reveal grades to students only on post date – Set to ‘Yes’
- Submit papers to: Standard paper repository
- Search options – All three options selected
- Attach rubric – You are free to use a rubric if you wish
- Grammar checking – Set to ‘No’
- Select ‘Submit’ to save these options.
The final step is to make sure that the exam results are hidden from students. Do so by accessing the grade centre, selecting the arrow to access the options for that column and selecting ‘Hide from students (on/off)’. An orange marker next to the column name is then used to indicate that the results column will be hidden from students.
You may also wish to ensure that your exam content is visible.
- Make sure that the link to the content area is visible to students in the left hand menu. Content is not visible if it has a crossed check box next to it. To make it visible select the down arrow on the right of the content area name and select ‘Show Link’.
- Make sure that the content area itself is visible. Select ‘Edit’ for the Content Area and check that ‘Permit Users to View this Content’ is marked as ‘yes’.
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