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Remote Teaching

Instructor Support for Exams

If Final Exams will be part of your course, the following supports and resources have been compiled.

Support Model for Final Exams

Extensive support is available for instructors planning final exams in UR Courses, including pedagogical consultation, assistance determining options, help adding questions to UR Courses, and technical support while the exam is in progress.

View the Support Flowchart for information on how support is set up. Instructors can take advantage of the full support model, or choose to only access portions of the offered support that may be helpful.

Further information is available below in the Support section.

Options for Final Exams

UR Courses Exam Options

  • Have students submit an assignment using the UR Courses Assignment tool
    • in addition to, or instead of an exam,
    • students can submit files, or photos of completed work, writings, drawings, graphs, diagrams, etc.,
    • can be timed (include open and closed dates/times for submitting).
  • Create an exam using the UR Courses Quiz tool
    • creating questions,
    • randomizing questions from a question bank (create more questions than what each student will get on each exam; helps with cheating because each student gets a different exam in a different order),
    • shuffling questions and answers,
    • timed exam,
      • the accommodation guidance letter provided by your Dean should be helpful to faculty who engage this option,
      • can add extra time for students with accommodations (UR Courses quiz tool user override),
    • treat the exam as an open book,
    • If your students have questions during the exam, one option is to ask them to direct message you within UR Courses. (Note: If you use UR Courses messaging, ensure you refresh your browser window frequently to ensure you receive new messages right away)

Enable Proctoring for a UR Courses Exam

  • Please contact the IT Support Centre to request setup of proctoring for a UR Courses Final exam.
  • If your faculty has approved proctoring for midterms, request setup through IT Support as above.
  • Once set up, you will be able to 'enable proctoring' for an existing or new quiz in UR Courses.
  • Further information and instructions will be provided as it becomes available.

UR Courses Exam Resources

Student Practice Exam

  • Students have access to try out a generic UR Courses exam, to ensure they understand how it works and that they have adequate technology to access a UR Courses exam.
  • You may wish to include a link to the "Student Practice Exam" in your UR Courses material:

Zoom Video Conference Options

  • Student presentations.
  • Oral exams.

Note: All student presentations and oral exams should be recorded and kept for six months in case there is a student appeal.

For more information on how to use Zoom for student presentations and recordings, visit the Remote Teaching page Zoom section.

Copyright Information

Exam Support

Submit the Exam Support webform to request exam assistance.

Assistance is available with:

  • Setting up an exam in UR Courses.
  • Having an instructional designer review the exam for technical setup.
  • Technical support and assistance during an exam.

To access Exam Support, please submit the Exam Support webform at least one week prior to your final exam. Additional time may be required to build exams that require extensive audio, images, or mathematical calculations.

Technical Support and Assistance will be provided by various U of R staff members:

  • If you choose to have an exam in UR Courses, a U of R staff member can be assigned to assist with getting your exam content online.
  • A staff member can be available during the exam to assist with questions and help deal with technical issues that may arise. One option is a Zoom meeting between you and the assistant during the exam so you can easily discuss issues.
  • They can also assist with technical (how-to) questions for those creating exams on their own in UR Courses.

Pedagogical Support and Assistance will be provided by the Flexible Learning (CCE) Instructional Design (ID) Team: 

  • Assistance with technical questions on the advanced use of exams in UR Courses.
  • Assistance with checking your exam before it goes live to make sure it is SET UP TO WORK PROPERLY.
    • Note: at least 2 days prior to exam delivery.
  • Guidance on various assessment options and the benefits of each.
  • Assistance with pedagogical and technical questions related to transitioning a course from face-to-face to remote delivery.