iversity Exam Guidelines for Instructors

This is a step-by-step guide on how to develop and create an exam for your MOOC.

step1: Choose Assessment Type
step2: General Settings
step3: Questions/Tasks (subheadings project, exam)

Step 1: Choose Assessment Type

Decide which assessment type is most suitable for the desired learning outcomes of your course. You can choose between an exam, which resembles a standard in-class examination, or a project, for larger tasks or assignments. The exact differences between these assessment types will be made clearer in the following steps.

Step 2: General Settings

1. Title and description

Please provide a title and a brief description of the exam. The student will be able to view the description before starting the exam. It is important to include the following information:

  • Detailed description of the task

  • Start time and submission deadline

  • Duration (for exam only)

2. Start time

Carefully decide when the exam should start, i.e. the exact date and time. Keep in mind that the exam is displayed as a chapter on its own and therefore should not be published simultaneously with a new content chapter. It is very important that students are given enough time to study all of the content relevant for the exam.

3. Set the duration of the exam

This is only relevant for exams, as projects do not have a duration. Decide how many minutes students have to complete the exam once they have started it.

4. Deadline for submission

Decide when the assessment is due. Consider how many days this allows students from the start time.

Decide when exactly the exam is due, i.e. how many days do students have to submit the exam. Note: You are able to extend or change the deadline while the exam is running. From our experience, we highly recommend not to change or extend deadlines, as this often causes confusion and misunderstandings among students.

5. Block Discussions

Please decide whether discussions should be available for students during the exam. If you decide to block discussions, students won’t be able to ask and/or answer questions or comment them during the exam time.

6. Peer Evaluation Deadline

If your assessment is a project or an exam with a peer evaluation question, choose a deadline for the peer evaluation process. Note: Once the submission deadline has passed, students will automatically receive an email informing them that they should start evaluating their peers’ exams.

Step 3: Questions

For Exams

Select Question Type

iversity offers four question types for exams: single and multiple choice, free text and peer evaluation. The first three types are scored automatically, whereas the last requires students to each evaluate the answers of seven of their peers. You should choose the appropriate question type for what the exam is supposed to assess and follow the corresponding steps below.

Single & Multiple Choice Questions

  1. Insert question.
  2. By clicking ‘Add Explanation’ you can provide an explanation, which will be displayed after the student has given the correct answer.
  3. Select the amount of points given for correctly answering the question.
  4. Insert the correct answer AND distractors (wrong answers) by clicking on ‘Add Answer’. Don’t forget to check mark the correct answer(s).

Free Text Questions

  1. Insert question.
  2. By clicking ‘Add Explanation’ you can provide an explanation, which will be displayed after the student has given the correct answer.
  3. Select the amount of points given for correctly answering the question.
  4. Select the evaluation method appropriate for your question.
  5. Insert the correct answer.

Peer Evaluation

  1. Insert question.
  2. By clicking ‘Add Explanation’ you can provide an explanation, which will be displayed after the student has given the correct answer.
  3. Select the amount of points given for correctly answering the question.
  4. Select whether your students should submit a text or a file. If they are supposed to submit both, select "text and file".
  5. Select character limit. Especially for open answer questions, we recommend setting a character limit. If you do not set a character limit, answers may become too long for reviewing. If a character limit is set, please mention this information in the exam question.
  6. Provide students with detailed instructions for the peer evaluation process. We have already inserted a pre-fill text but please feel free to add extra instructions.
  7. Define scoring criteria so that students have clear evaluation guidelines.
  8. Provide a title for each criterion, e.g. ‘Organisation and Structure of Essay’.
  9. Decide how many points students can receive for each criterion.
  10. Provide a title and a clear description for each scoring criterion, including a rating scale (1-5), and a description of each number in the scale.
  11. Decide whether you want students to comment on their scoring decision for each criterion.

For Projects

A project consists of a single peer evaluation question. The process works as described above for a peer evaluation question within an exam with two exceptions:

  1. Since a project is assumed to be a longer, more complex submission than a single exam question, only five scorings are required from the students, rather than seven.
  2. Comments for scorings are always required from students.

Step 4: Create an Announcement

Once you have set up an exam and developed all exam questions, we highly recommend creating an announcement informing students about all relevant details.