Exam and Invigilation Platform Constraints

Exam Platform Constraints 

  Instructor Constraints Student Constraints
Canvas - Classic Quiz
  • Only multiple choice, true/false, and multiple answer question types have the option for regrading.
  • If multiple graders are grading the same quiz, they may override each others’ grades and comments.
  • If multiple “file upload” questions are displayed on the same page and students upload video files (or large files), the files will not upload successfully.
  • To view the files students have attached to “file upload” questions, the instructor must download the files.
                         
  • If an exam is timed, the timer continues running even if the student loses internet connection.            

            

Canvas - Assignment (file upload) submission
  • Cannot grade by individual question.
  • If multiple graders are grading the same assignment, it may override each others’ grades and comments.
                 
  • File size cannot exceed 5GB per upload            

            

Crowdmark - Assigned Assessment
  • Instructors have to manually create each question.
  • Certain email servers (e.g. xxx@163.com) block Crowdmark emails, hence students cannot receive the assignment link. Instructors need to ask students to update their email address in Canvas and request the LT Hub do a resync of the class roster.
  • Students need to have access to a mobile device that can take pictures or scan their work.
  • Low quality cameras make it difficult to take clear images
  • Submission by mobile device is not currently supported.

            

Gradescope - Exam/Quiz
  • Instructors need to distribute the exam template to students outside of Gradescope (e.g. email, post on Canvas, etc.)
  • Students need to have access to a printer to print the exam.
  • Students need to have access to a mobile device that can scan their work to a PDF.
  • Low quality cameras make it difficult to scan clear images.

            

Gradescope - Homework/Problem Set
  • Instructors need to distribute the exam questions to students outside of Gradescope (e.g. email, post on Canvas, etc.)
  • Students need to have access to a mobile device that can take pictures or scan their work.
  • Low quality cameras make it difficult to take clear images
  • During submission, students have to tag their image/pdf uploads with the corresponding question number in the exam.

            

*For all the tools listed above, if used in a large enrolment course, it is recommended to stagger your exam start times to mitigate potential load issues.

Gradescope/Crowdmark Mitigation Strategies for Exams:

  • If possible, consider creating a "practice exam" with similar format and requirements for students to complete beforehand.
  • For any course with more than 150 students, use a staggering approach when implementing exams in GradeScope/Crowdmark. The staggering intervals should be at least 5 minutes apart.
  • Have a back-up plan (an alternative technology) in place with the exams configured and set to switch over to, in the event of major server failure.
  • Notify Skylight LT in advance that you will be using Gradescope/Crowdmark for your exam to coordinate support and communication.

Zoom Constraints

Instructor Constraints Student Constraints
If Zoom is used for exam invigilation, it would be difficult to identify where the noise is coming from if all the students have their audio enabled. Students need to have a webcam and microphone if Zoom is used for invigilation purposes.
The video quality is unpredictable and is dependent on internet connection. The video feed on Zoom can be blurry and pixelated if there is poor connection. When joining a session using the web client (e.g. joining from your browser), certain browsers do not support all the features in Zoom. The recommended browser is Chrome (see this link for details on what is supported)
Anyone who has the meeting join URL will be able to join the session.

 

When joining a session using the Zoom desktop application, students cannot private message the host/co-host (works if joining via web browser) in the breakout room. They can only send a message that will be visible to everyone in the breakout room.

 

Last updated on: June 25, 2020
 

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