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Remote Learning


Many instructors are currently finalizing their plans for final exams.

Some instructors will be assigning alternate projects or assignments, some may remove the final exam component from the course, and others may still be planning a formal final exam to be delivered through UR Courses or another medium.

If your instructor has not yet advised you of their exam plans, rest assured that they will do so as soon as they are able.

Taking an Exam in UR Courses

If you will be taking a final exam through UR Courses, we have created a Student Practice Exam that you can try out to make sure everything works for you prior to taking your actual final exam. The Practice Exam provides several different types of questions that you might encounter in your real final exam.

Try it out - Take a Practice Exam in UR Courses:

  1. Click the following link:
  2. If prompted, login to UR Courses.
  3. Click 'Enrol Me'.
  4. Click 'Practice Quiz SAMPLE'.
  5. Click 'Attempt Quiz Now'.
  6. A popup will tell you the time limit you have for the exam. You will have the option to start or cancel at this point.
  7. Once you start the exam a timer will begin to count down. You can see the timer on the right-hand side of the page.
  8. When you have answered all the questions on your exam, if you have time left, you will have the option to go back and change answers or complete missed questions before submitting your exam.

Steps for Accessing Your Actual Final Exam:

Your actual course final exam will be accessed and completed in the UR Courses site to which you are already enrolled on the date and time of your scheduled exam, unless otherwise communicated by your instructor.

  1. Login to UR Courses a few minutes before your final exam is scheduled to begin.
  2. Click on your course name.
  3. In the course, locate the final exam in one of the following ways
    1. at the top of the homepage,
    2. in a separate topic (section) on the homepage called "Final Exam".
    3. click 'Quizzes' link in the "Activities block" on the left or right side of the course,
    4. somewhere else as indicated by your instructor.

Taking a Proctored Exam in UR Courses

Some instructors may choose to use an online proctoring tool for Final exams, and some may also include proctoring on midterm exams.

Information on proctoring will be added here as soon as further details are finalized.

Exam Support

If you have trouble logging in to UR Courses:

  • Contact the IT Support Centre 
  • Note that if you enter the wrong password 5 times, your UR Courses account will be locked. IT Support staff can unlock it for you.

If you have questions or issues during your Real Final Exam message your instructor:

If your instructor has provided any special instructions regarding contacting them, please follow what they have advised you.

If they have not provided any special instructions, you can send them a direct message within UR Courses:

  1. In UR Courses, click the messaging image File at the top right.
  2. Enter your Instructor's name in the Search box, and click the Search icon.
  3. Click their name, and then click in the 'Write a message...' box at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Enter the message text and click the send arrow icon.

Minimum Technical requirements for online classes

  • Computer: desktop or laptop system with minimum 4GB RAM, 128GB disk space.
  • Internet:  5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload.
  • Display: minimum display of 12 inches diagonal with 1024x768 resolution.
  • Operating System: Windows 10, or Mac OS X 10.10 or greater.
  • Web Browser: Firefox, Safari 8 or greater, Edge, Chrome.

Mobile Phones/Tablets

While most classes will work on a smartphone with a data plan using one of MobileSafari or Google Chrome browsers, the user may have difficulties with video quality, large files, or with some classes which require the use of Microsoft Office or other desktop software. Basic Microsoft Office apps are available for mobile devices but are difficult or impossible to use for medium to complex tasks.

Dial-up Internet

Dial-up internet will work for most UR Courses uses, but the user may have difficulties with video quality, large files, and timely submission of exam material like photos of work.

Technical Questions

If in doubt check the course description on the class notes portal at to see if any guidance on technology requirements is given.

Oral Exam using Zoom

  • If your exam will be facilitated through Zoom video conferencing, ensure you have tried out Zoom ahead of time.
  • You can connect to the Zoom student test meeting between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm daily, to try it out. Fellow student moderators will be in the meeting to assist you and answer questions.
  • More information on using Zoom is on the main page of this site.

Other Types of Final Exams

If your instructor is using something other than UR Courses or Zoom, please contact your instructor if you have questions or require technical advice. 


Have questions about your course or exams? Connect to the student zoom orientation site at: This site has fellow student moderators to assist you and answer questions from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.