Select the exam type and then consider the best iLearn (Moodle) tool for the job.

Exam Type Quiz Assignment TurnitIn Scan & upload
Strict writing time enforced Best (use the quiz timer) Can’t enforce Can’t enforce
On-screen selected response (MCQ) and/or typed short text responses Best
On-screen/typed long response or essay questions. OK for responses less than about 300 words – use essay question type. OK e.g. upload word document. Best e.g. upload word document or PDF. Provide a back-up submission method too.
Handwritten pen-on-paper responses, math, diagrams with scan/upload submission. OK (essay question type with file upload enabled only). Best NO! avoid using this tool for this exam type – it can cause problems! Yes. Please see user guide*.

* Guide: Scan and upload handwritten work to iLearn.

Further advice on creating online exams:

  • Examples of online and zoom exams in the ‘iLearn for Convenors‘ unit – updated for s1 2021.
  • Detailed exam prep guidance following the exam preparation timeline steps. This document provides online exam prep and design advice, and touches on contingency for on-campus exams for students who cannot attend.

General iLearn Quick guides for staff for:

Posted by Mathew Hillier

Mathew has been engaged by Macquarie University as an e-Assessment Academic in residence and is available to answer questions by MQ staff. Mathew specialises in Digital Assessment (e-Assessment) in Higher Education. Has held positions as an advisor and academic developer at University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Monash University and University of Adelaide. He has also held academic teaching roles in areas such as business information systems, multimedia arts and engineering project management. Mathew recently led a half million dollar Federal government funded grant on e-Exams across ten university partners and is co-chair of the international 'Transforming Assessment' webinar series as the e-Assessment special interest group under the Australasian society for computers in learning in tertiary education. He is also an honorary academic University of Canberra.

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