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We can confirm that we do not intend to host any in-person examinations in Oxford or Swindon for the academic year 2020-21. This includes all taught modules, including the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
In-person exams have been replaced with an appropriate, alternative assessment that has been determined by your Module Leader, considered within the context of assessment across the level of study within your programme. This alternative assessment may be an online exam held on Moodle. Some practical exams will be conducted through Google Meet. Due to social-distancing restrictions, some face-to-face assessments will be rescheduled to another date, once restrictions have been lifted.
Where an in-person exam is replaced by an online exam, it will run to the same, or a similar schedule as the original exam timetable. Students' Google Calendars will include details of how to access the exam. Online exams will be time-constrained, with a time window for completion which allows for any international time differences, rest breaks, additional writing time or technical problems. You should aim to complete the tasks in the time allowed, on your own.
Appropriate academic conduct during exams »
Please see the University's Coronavirus Information for Students webpage for additional resources and information.
We have created a Moodle course with a mock exam for you to practise downloading an exam paper and uploading an answer sheet to Turnitin. You will need to enrol yourself on the course to participate by clicking on the "Enrol Me" button.
It is assumed that students will use assistive technology (AT) in place of a reader or scribe. This can be your DSA provided software, such as Dragon, Claro or Read and Write, or the in-built accessibility features within your PC or Mac. Students for whom this is not possible or is insufficient, or who feel that a change to their Inclusive Support Plan (ISP) is needed, should contact the Inclusive Support Service ( dyslexic/SpLD support or disability support) as appropriate.
As a general rule, the University’s academic conduct regulations will always apply and your work will normally be put through Turnitin, so unless you have specifically been told about a variation to the conduct rules, follow the below guidance to keep within the regulations and avoid a conduct investigation:
You should not:
If you have any questions about what you can or cannot do in relation to an online examination, ask your module leader.
You must be signed into your Google@Brookes account to access the exam materials. Work to be uploaded should be saved as a *.PDF or *.docx file. Please do not try to upload a *.pages file to Turnitin as this will not be accepted.
If you log in to Moodle before the start time of your exam, you will need to refresh the page after the exam has started in order to access the paper.
The following guides and templates will help students prepare for and be successful in the new style assessments.
In order to help you prepare for an online assessment, we are providing a guide in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on what to expect, how to prepare yourself, your working environment and your technology. This information will continue to be updated. If you think you will have difficulty accessing online exams, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covid-19 and online assessment FAQs »