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Examiner's responsibilities in an examination with Zoom

Frequently asked questions and answers for teachers/examiners who are conducting a remote exam with Zoom monitoring or presence. Updated regularly.

Examiner's responsibilities

What exactly is required by the examiner regarding being available during the exam?

(Last reviewed January 27, 2021) 

As with a regular exam, you as an examiner must be available to answer any questions. Read more about the examiner's responsibilities on the pages about the examiner's role in the exam with Zoom presence  or the examiner's role in remotely monitored exams .

What do I do if we experience technical problems during the exam?

(Last reviewed January 27, 2021) 

Zoom responsible people, examiners and digital invigilators are advised to contact support directly by phone on 08-790 66 00 in the event of technical problems. Indicate that "support during ongoing examination" is needed to get the fastest possible assistance.

What can I do to minimize the risk of students cheating?

(Last reviewed January 27, 2021) 

Recommendations on how you can minimize the risk of students cheating:

  • Divide the exam into smaller parts with breaks between each part. If possible, a few questions per part is desirable.
  • Release one question at a time and use passwords for the applications when possible.
  • Use randomized numbers in calculation-based questions, read more on the page Examination with random values .
  • Vary the exam content so that every student gets a unique exam, read more about how you can randomize questions on the page Randomize questions in Canvas .
  • Do not allow headsets or headphones as per ordinary examination regulations.
  • Use plagiarism checks when possible.

Inform the students that ordinary examination rules apply (except rules regarding late attendance).

Nothing is stopping a student from using their phone to email the solution they just sent in to everyone in the Zoom room, but this would require that the student has the email address to each student. The students are informed that they are NOT to touch their computers unless they hand in their answers via a quiz or computer-written text. If the Zoom chat is used for this, it will show up in the chat log. A chat log that is saved from the main session will not save messages that are sent in breakout rooms, but a student in a breakout room can't send messages to students in the main session. 

Examinations with parts and breaks during the examination - what do we do?

(Last reviewed January 27, 2021)

It is strongly advised that the exam is divided into smaller parts so that the students can take breaks. In this case, the students solve a subset of the exam that is handed in before the break. After the break, the students will receive the next part of the exam, and so on. It is up to the examiner to decide how the exam should be divided. Different exam structures entail different ways of dividing the questions. For exams with parts we recommend the following:

  • If possible, make sure each part has at least two questions.
  • You need to be clear about whether or not the students need to be present for all parts or if they only need to hand in parts of the exam.
  • Give the students a break of at least 10 minutes between each part.

The writing time should be equivalent for all students. You as the examiner decide if the writing time is extended due to breaks. In that case, the students should be informed in advance.

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