Online Exams

According to communication by the Rector on 30 April 2020 and further confirmed by the Rector’s Decree on 5 May 5 2020, all courses and final exams will continue on-line throughout the Summer session. The possibility of gradually resuming certain exams with physical attendance will be evaluated, in particular for those courses with a limited numbers of students.

The University of Trento offers various methods that permit taking different types of exams remotely. However, these on-line means of examination cannot resolve all the potential issues which arise when transferring from traditional evaluation methods to those conducted remotely. Therefore, whenever possible Professors are also asked to identify and propose alternative evaluation methods.
 

All students are responsible for respecting the general values and specific conduct stipulated in the Student Honour Code.

For the two computer-based exam formats on Moodle Respondus, all professors:

  • must contact Didattica On-Line to request the activation of their online course on the Moodle – On-Line Exams platform and to plan the whole process (preferably 3 weeks before the exam date)
  • are invited to participate in webinars on the use of Moodle Respondus exams that take place weekly from 9:30 AM to 11.00 AM. Online booking is required.

Oral exams and examination sessions can not be recorded in any way, except for the examination that takes place on Moodle with Respondus - lockdown browser and monitor, for which the system automatically records the session.

Oral Exams

Oral exams will take place via video conference with Zoom, Google Meet or a similar program.

Two professors will participate in the session if a written portion of the exam is not included. Oral exams will not be recorded.

Oral exam guidelines for professors and students

Paper-Based Exams

This method is useful for exams which require students to utilize formulas, diagrams, graphics, drawings or translations.

It is intended for exams with a limited number of students and a maximum of 20 per professor.

Students take the exam on paper.

The professor monitors students during the exam via video conference with Zoom, Google Meet or a similar program.

Paper-based exam guidelines for professors and students

 

Computer-Based Exams via Video Conference

This method applies to written exams in which students use their computer to complete a task or answer questions through a downloaded file and then send their responses to the professor. 

The professor monitors students during the exam via video conference with Zoom, Google Meet or a similar program.

Guidelines for professors and students regarding computer-based exams via video conference

 

Computer-Based Exams on Moodle Respondus – Locked Browser and Video Conference Monitoring

This method applies to written exams via the Moodle Respondus platform which automatically blocks the main functions of the computer on which students take the exam. Professors monitor the exam through a second device belonging to the student (smartphone or tablet) connected by video conference.

Students must install the Respondus software on their computer and a video conferencing app (Zoom or Google Meet) on their smartphone or tablet.

In order to create and configure their exams, professors must contact Didattica Online at least 3 weeks before the exam date in order to plan the whole process and request activation of their course on the Moodle On-Line Exams platform. Please be reminded that this is not possbile independently.

Guidelines for professors and students regarding computer-based exams with Moodle Respondus – locked browser and video conference monitoring

 

Computer-Based Exams on Moodle Respondus – Locked Browser and Monitor

This method applies to written exams with a large number of students that are required to complete a task or answer questions using the Moodle platform. 

Monitoring takes place through an automatic system that blocks the main functions of the students' computers (the browser and monitor are locked) and tracks behavior of the students through a webcam and an audio device. Students must install special software on their computer.

In order to create and configure their exams, professors must contact Didattica Online at least 3 weeks before the exam date in order to plan the whole process and request activation of their course on the Moodle On-Line Exams platform. Please be reminded that this is not possbile independently.

Guidelines for professors and students regarding computer-based exams with Moodle Respondus – locked browser and monitor soon available on this website.

 

Tips

As previously noted, these on-line methods of examination cannot resolve all the potential issues which arise when transferring from traditional evaluation methods to those conducted remotely. Whenever possible and compatible with specific requirements by certain academic areas, in general we offer the following suggestions:

  • Implement oral examinations as frequently as possible in all cases where normal examination procedures cannot be adapted to the aforementioned methods. The systems utilized for live on-line courses and thesis dissertations have proven effective and easily accessible without too many obstacles for the university community.
  • Use mixed assessment methods as much as possible. For example, in addition to a written exam also include an oral interview with students to discuss responses, grading criteria and the final result of the exam.
  • When automatic monitoring methods are not apropriate for written exam sessions, professors can divide students into small groups in order to guarantee remote surveillance and avoid excessive bandwidth overloads within a single virtual classroom or meeting (for example: breakout rooms can be a valid option for oral exams and less so for written exams which are more efficient using virtual classrooms)
  • Evaluate the technological infrastructure available to professors and students.
  • Remember that there are no remote monitoring systems, even automatic ones, that completely guarantee the detection of dishonest behavior.

It is also important to:

  • Be reminded of the general values and specific conduct stipulated in the Student Code of Honor.
  • Consider the difficulties faced by the student community, which is beginning the Summer session in a climate of profound uncertainty.
  • Start thinking about innovative teaching methods (participatory learning, group work, flipped classroom) as well as continuous assessment, especially considering the next academic year.

For these reasons and to ensure compatibility with the priority of teaching activities and remote assessment, the Online Education Office gathers the needs of the academic community and supports all of its members in identifying appropriate and sustainable solutions.