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Exams in computer rooms

Have you developed a digital examination that you want to carry out with supervision on campus? Then you can use a computer room or ask the students to bring their own computers. Here you can read about what applies to the different ways to conduct an exam on a computer on campus with supervision by an exam invigilator.

When it is suitable to carry out an exam in a computer room

An exam in a computer room has many advantages. In addition to the administrative benefits of giving answers digitally, students appreciate being able to write answers in the environment they are used to working in and avoid having to worry about, for example, readability. The digital environment offers greater opportunities in the design of exams than, for example, ordinary paper, while it may be easier to meet the needs of students with compensatory support. Compared to a home exam, the student's access to other programs on the computer can be controlled and it is possible to combine digital security with an exam invigilator in the room.

Exams in computer rooms are, however, limited to the number of seats, there are not as many computer room seats as ordinary seats for examination. Access to power outlets vary in ordinary halls for exams where students bring their own computers. Some procedural skills are difficult to effectively account for on a computer. Then a good alternative to the exam in the computer room can be to use Scanned exams to Canvas , where students write the exam in regular rooms on paper but the assessment is carried out digitally. The possibility to control what students have access to on the computers is limited, read the options given below for more information.

To consider with computer-based examination on campus

Computer rooms

There are limited places in computer rooms at KTH . The computers in the computer rooms are also placed close to each other, and you must decide how many of the computers you can use, i.e. how close the students can sit. The design of the examination with, for example, random questions can enable more computers to be used.

Book the halls well in advance and consider whether you can carry out the examination in several steps so that, for example, half the group writes before the other half. By deciding that all students must stay the entire writing time, the chance for the students in the first and second group to talk to each other is minimized. Another alternative is for students to receive randomly selected questions from a question bank.

Local support

Plan the examination time within the opening hours of IT support or talk to your local support. The local support at your school can possibly also help with booking a room, being or booking exam invigilators etc. The digital part has statistically mainly needed support at start-up, once the writing is underway, the technology usually works smoothly.

Inform invigilators

Only the examiner can decide that the exam should be conducted in an alternative way. During previous pilots of exams in computer rooms, concerns from invigilators have been common when the technology has been slow to start. This has led to uncertain improvised bad solutions, so it is important to inform the invigilators and emphasize that only the examiner can decide to conduct the exam in an alternative way.

The exam invigilator’s responsibility is, just as during regular campus exams, to visually monitor the students. The technology is handled by the examiner, the local support or another support person connected to the exam. The invigilator is expected to keep a log of any toilet visits and walk around and check the students' identification. In summary, the invigilator handles the exam just as in a regular campus exam. The routine for how and when students are admitted to the computer room is extra important to inform the examiners about. With a solution where students bring their own computers, it is recommended that students have at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam to get ready in their place in the room.

Support from Funka for students with compensatory support

The regular routine for approving support also applies to digital exams on campus. On the page How to manage compensatory support when examining students with disabilities , you will find a guide with appendices that describe the most common compensatory support for students with documented permanent disabilities at KTH and the general routine for handling support. Read more about support on the page Funka's recommendations regarding management of support during remote examination .

Using computers for exams at KTH

There are several different ways to conduct a computer-based exam on campus. Prior to the pandemic, there was an evaluation of various ways to digitally ensure what material students have access to during an exam. As the digital competence among students at KTH is high, a secure lockdown is demanding to develop and needs to be actively maintained. It will therefore be a while before exams in computer rooms with lockdown can be completed again.

Without locking computers - possible to conduct today

Examination in computer rooms with Canvas/Möbius

This alternative can be used when continuous examination on campus is allowed without an exemption procedure, or after an approved exemption to conduct a final exam on campus. Prepare the examination as for a home exam, and be sure to book rooms well in advance of the examination. For more information on what should be prepared read the information above about what "to consider with computer-based examination on campus".

Examination in lecture hall for students with their own computers and Canvas/Möbius

Bring your own device (BYOD) solutions are allowed to be used if continuous examination on campus is allowed without an exemption procedure, or after an approved exemption to conduct a final exam on campus. In the case of a BYOD solution, students who want or do not have a computer must be offered the opportunity to write in a computer room. Do not forget to check that the intended writing room has power outlets so that all students can get electricity for their computers and to book the computer room that will be available for those who need it.

The writing room should be opened before the exam begins so that technical problems can be solved before the writing time. For example, if a student's computer does not start, they have time to go to the booked computer room to write there instead. For more information on what should be prepared, read the information above about what "to consider with computer-based examination on campus".

With different forms of lockdown

During the autumn of 2021, a feasibility study will be carried out regarding various solutions for examinations in computer rooms with lockdown. The feasibility study will, among other things, look at the use of Respondus to lock down quizzes in Canvas and Safe Exam Browser (SEB) to tailor access to other tools and apps on computers in computer rooms. It is likely that pilot of a lockdown solution will be implemented in Spring 2022.

Contact about examination

Do you have questions or wish to receive guidance about conducting examination?

E-mail: e-learning@kth.se , mark your mail: examination guidance

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