A checklist for teachers when preparing for exams
We hope that you will find this checklist helpful to prepare both yourself and your students.
We encourage teachers to familiarise themselves with the following information.
- Examination questions submission deadlines
- Exam timetable information
- Different modes of exams
- Open or closed book? – Book designations (PDF) as defined by the Assessment Services.
- Inspera self-help guide
- Inspera drop-ins for teachers
- Inspera exam process for teachers
- Additional TeachWell resources relating to exams
Prepare your students
In addition, you may want to incorporate the following items into your students’ communication to support and facilitate a successful exam experience:
- Inform students about the relevant University regulations, statutes and guidelines on academic integrity and emphasise the importance of academic integrity before exams.
- Inform students about the University’s expectations on academic integrity in online assessments and in particular, guide them to advice on academic integrity in exams.
- Provide students with resources on how to prepare themselves for exams and that they could sign up for academic skills workshops run by Te Tumu Herenga, Libraries and Learning Services.
- Ask students to view the short video on sitting the exam using Inspera.
- Advise students about the Inspera assessment platform in advance and to check that they can gain access. Note that the recommended browser is Chrome.
- Advise students to complete a practise assessment. They can do this by logging into Inspera using their University sign-in, selecting the Demo tests tab, then Demo Test 1. Alternatively, you can create your own mock exam for students or consider converting a Canvas course quiz into an Inspera practise exam so students can experience ‘real-world conditions’.
- For exams that require learners to submit some answers via a scanned image or photograph (e.g., diagrams, equations, etc.), students need an opportunity to complete a practise exercise beforehand to ensure they are familiar with the technological requirements for uploading images. Further, students should be advised at least two weeks before the exam of any necessary equipment or technology. Examples include pens, paper and access to a digital camera.
- Ensure that the exam expectations and instructions are clear and unambiguous.
- Ensure that students understand what is meant by an ‘open-book’ exam.
- Provide a space where students can ask questions about the exam process, e.g., allow time in class and/or set up a Canvas Discussion. Questions may relate to aegrotat and compassionate consideration, general questions about exams, and student support during the exam.
Guidelines for use of generative AI tools in exams
The University of Auckland allows for differences in policies on use of artificial intelligence tools across faculties, departments, schools and courses. For this reason, students should follow the instructions set out by their Course Directors. Make sure you communicate expectations to students in a reasonable period prior to the exam:
- Make it clear whether AI tools are allowed in the exam.
- If AI tools are allowed, give detailed instructions on how the tool(s) can/cannot be utilised in the exam.
Note: When students log into Inspera to sit their exams, they agree to an academic integrity statement, which includes no unauthorised use of AI.
Page updated 25/05/2023 (added generative AI tools in exams)