Advice, guides and examples for staff preparing final assessments and exams at Macquarie University. Note: a number of items require your MQ oneID to be logged in before you can view it.
Information and links – updated 18 Aug 2023.
- Guidance on final assessment types – Overview and top tips.
- Exam preparation timeline – Session 2, 2023 – for all exam formats (brief version – updated each session). This is a one pager outlining what has to happen and by when for both on-campus (paper) and online exams.
- Exams office Wiki page (updated each season) includes a sections for: a) “on-campus in-person” (‘paper and pen’) exams – coversheet templates and guides and b) “online exams”.
- Preparing final assessments and exams advice for teachers (see also item 1 above)
- Clarifying exam requirements (i.e being clear to students about what is and is not permitted) (Teche Post)
- Quick guide to configuring online quiz exams in iLearn (doc).
- Detailed guidance notes for preparing online exams [s2 2023] – This expands upon exam preparation timeline steps. It also provides online exam prep and design advice for online exams, and touches on contingency for on-campus exams for students who cannot attend.
- Examples of online and zoom exams in the ‘iLearn for Convenors’ unit. Practical examples, setup guides and additional advice for building exams in iLearn.
- Exam specification form [s2 2023] – for all exam formats (to be updated each session). This form is dynamic and works for both on-campus and online exams. [note: if ‘testing’ this form please do not ‘submit’ it]
- Online exam peer review sign-off form [s2 2023] – this is *only needed for online exams* (because on-campus exams get signed off when papers are submitted). This supports the QA process for the online exam peer review phase. [note: if ‘testing’ this form please do not ‘submit’ it]
- Information on Zoom invigilation at Macquarie – an overview for staff as to which zoom invigilation method suits each type of exam. This was developed with both on-screen and handwritten exam designs in mind (pen-on-paper conversion is typically used for students who cannot attend an on-campus exam). The zoom methods are flexible to expand into more authentic task design in due course.
- Online Exam with Zoom Invigilation: Guide for staff – This is intended for exam invigilators but also contains information useful for UC’s and others. Contains detailed step by step guide covering both on-screen and handwritten response methods.
- Online Exam with Zoom Invigilation: Guide for students (PDF) – This guide is intended for students, but staff will also find this informative. Contains detailed step by step guide/timeline covering both on-screen and handwritten response methods as well as suggestions to optimise their exam experience. A short 2 page summary (PDF) is also available.
- Scan and upload to handwritten work to iLearn (PDF) – Procedures developed for students on how to submit hand-written responses to iLearn (i.e. photo/scan and upload) using MS Lens (free app) for iOS and Android as well as a non-smart-device approach. We recommend staff standardise on this method to minimise confusion for students.
- Live Exam Monitor for staff use (an overview Teche post)
- Macquarie University Assessment policy, procedures – Part E: Examinations.
- Exam timetable (periodically available for exam periods). Also lookup a timetable for a student.
Originally posted September 2021. Updated for Session 1 2022, Session 2 2022, Session 1 2023 and Session 2 2023.