6.6 Online formal examinations


Online formal examinations

Formal examinations held within a computer classroom can be conducted using VLE Exam. Yorkshare quizzes can be deployed allowing automated marking of multiple-choice questions and other question formats, as well as accepting short, free-text responses for manual marking. VLE Exam runs on a secure system that does not allow students to access any of their own resources or the internet whilst using the computer during the examination. It also operates outside the normal VLE, allowing highly controlled access to the question set and responses.

Using VLE Exam

VLE Exam has to be pre-arranged with the ELDT, as you will need access to the secure VLE Exam system and arrange for IT and the ELDT to provide support on examination day.

The next task will be the development of the question set. See the Yorkshare Quiz page for further advice on the types of questions that can be developed. VLE Exam is not intended for long text answers, and is best suited to multiple-choice questions, matching and short answers. Question pools allow for a random selection of questions to be issued to students. For example, you could create a pool of questions for one sub-topic, another pool for the next topic, etc. The exam would then draw a set number of questions from each pool.

For more information and consultation over examination plans, please contact the E-Learning Development Team at vle-support@york.ac.uk

Summary of key dates when planning a VLE Exam

Timing Action
Before you begin teaching… Consult with the ELDT on examination planning and scope for formative and summative computer-based exams using VLE Exam.

Book the PC classrooms that you will be using for the formative /summative exams

At least 8 weeks before the summative exam Confirm the date and location of the exam (PC classrooms that will be used) with IT Services and ELDT
At least 4 weeks before the summative exam Share the question-set with the ELDT and outline any special arrangements that will be required by individual students
At least 1 week before the summative exam Confirm students who will be taking the exam, sharing a spreadsheet of names / Exam IDs with the ELDT

Developing online exams

For more information and consultation over examination plans, please contact the E-Learning Development Team at vle-support@york.ac.uk

Case study

E-Learning Walkthrough

VLE Exam

VLE Exam for summative assessment.
Dr Zoey Handley, Education
View  VLE Exam Case Study

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