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We can confirm that we do not intend to host any examinations in Oxford or Swindon for the remainder of this academic year. This plan includes Semester 1 resits, GDL exams and resits and Semester 2 exams and resits due to be sat in April, May and July 2020.
Exams will be replaced with an appropriate, alternative assessment that will be determined by your Module Leader, considered within the context of assessment across the level of study within your programme. Some of this may be online and we will provide further, detailed information as soon as we can. 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 exams are replaced by an online assessment, it will run to the same, or a similar schedule as the original exam timetable. Google Calendars will be updated to show how to access the online assessment. July resits will be entered in Google Calendars once candidates are known. The exam will be time-constrained, with a time window for completion which allows for any international time differences, rest breaks, additional writing time or technical hitches. You should aim to complete the tasks in the time allowed, on your own.
Please see the University's Coronavirus Information for Students webpage for additional resources and information. Please see the Upgrade advice on preparing for take home examinations.
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 another temporary change to their Inclusive Support Plan (ISP) is needed should complete the Google Form to request a change to their provision.
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.
The following guides and templates will help students prepare for and be successful in the new style assessments.
Last updated: 23/04/2020
In order to help you prepare for an online assessment, we are providing a guide in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below 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 email@example.com.
You will need to log on to the Moodle course for your module on the date of the examination. The exam assessment will be available on that page. Open the assessment there. If you log in before the start time of your exam, you will need to refresh the page after the start time to make the assignment visible.
In most cases the assessment will consist of a PDF question paper which should be downloaded. There may be additional PDF documents such as formula sheets or case studies if required.
You should complete your answers in a Microsoft Word document or similar file. Please type your answers to all questions in a single document, labelling each question clearly. Save your work regularly.
You should upload a single file containing all your work to complete the exam before the window closes.
In some cases the exam may take the form of a Moodle quiz or other online activity.
Students may print a copy of the paper for their personal use in the exam.
Please note that the paper is confidential and should not be shared with other people. Do not share paper or electronic copies with any other people including other Brookes students.
You can use the equation tool in Word.
You may also choose to hand draw and include a scan or photograph in the final document. You will be responsible for ensuring that any scans or photographs of such work are clearly legible for marking.
See the Online Exam Guide in the “Guides and templates” section above for instructions on including equations and mathematical formulae in your answer sheet.
We have worked with Module Leaders to check and remove any material not covered. If the question is optional then choose another question where the material has been covered.
If there is no alternative question where the material has been covered, or if the question is compulsory, then make a note in your answer sheet against the question that you do not believe the material has been covered. If you are able to attempt the question anyway then please do so.
Place a statement in the answer text against the question to state that you suspect an error and what that error is.
Answer the question as best you can stating any assumptions.
After the exam email
with the details of the suspected error.
window allows for any extra writing time or rest breaks that students normally have.
If your exam has a shorter window to meet accreditation body requirements then arrangements to allow extra time and rest break entitlements will be made.
Students should be able to use zoom functionality to make print larger on screen. Students with a specific font requirement on their ISP will be sent a special version of the paper.
Students can choose to print on coloured paper at home if they wish and have the facility to do so.
We recognise that you may be feeling anxious about whether you’ll be able to give enough focus to this semester’s assessments to perform to the best of your ability. For that reason, as communicated in an email on Monday 6 April, Oxford Brookes is introducing additional measures for all taught programmes, to make sure that you are not disadvantaged by the changes to the learning materials and assessment methods that have been introduced, or by the disruption that all students are experiencing as a result of COVID-19.
For more information on this, please see the main Student Coronavirus FAQs webpage question 'What is being done to ensure grades do not suffer because of the current extraordinary circumstances?'.
Given the likelihood of technical difficulties with students accessing exams online, and the fact that many international students have already returned home to countries with a significant time difference to the UK, the decision has been taken to
provide the 24 hour window for exam completion. This will also allow students who are entitled to extra writing time or rest breaks to complete their papers.Attempting to monitor this would require significant configuration of IT systems, whilst
introducing the potential for additional technical problems which would be very difficult to resolve remotely.
Academic staff are aware that the additional time may be used to work. They are taking account of this in the design of the assessments and the mark schemes.