Academic Continuity in The Event of an Emergency Situation

Transitioning to Online Exams

If you previously used in-class exams and are thinking of ways to transition that into an online format, you can follow these suggestions. 

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Scantron to myCourses Test
Scantrons

If you typically use scantrons, try creating your exams in myCourses using the Multiple Choice question option. Directions for creating tests in myCourses can be found online. Multiple-choice questions can be autograded by myCourses. All All exams in myCourses can be timed and open only during a certain time-frame. 

See Test & Question Features in myCourses for more information on the question types and test options available in myCourses. 

Short Answer and Essay Exams

If you typically have short-answer or essay exams, try creating your essay exams in myCourses using the Short Answer or Essay question option. Directions for creating tests in myCourses can be found online. All exams in myCourses can be timed and open only during a certain time-frame. See Test & Question Features in myCourses for more information on the question types and test options available in myCourses. 

Alternatively, you can use the assignments on Turnitin assignments option. Directions on creating Blackboard Assignments and How to use Turnitin can be found online. All assignments in myCourses can be set to be open only during a certain time-frame.   

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Blue book to myCourses Assignments or Turnitin
Blue Book Essay Exams

If you typically use paper-based exams, try having students upload documents in myCourses Assignments or Turnitin. Directions on creating Blackboard Assignments and How to use Turnitin can be found online. You can set these to be timed and open only during a certain time-frame. 

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Handwritten Exam to Scanning into a PDF
Handwritten Exams

If your paper-based exams require students to handwrite answers like solving problem sets, try using a combination of myCourses Tests and Assignments. First, create your test in myCourses for the answer portion only. Then, have your students upload the scanned handwritten work to an assignment area in myCourses during a certain time-frame after they submit the answers. Directions for creating tests in myCourses, creating Blackboard Assignments, and How to use Turnitin can be found online. See Test & Question Features in myCourses for more information on the question types and test options available in myCourses. 

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Oral Exam to Zoom Meeting
Oral Exams

If you typically have oral exams, try using Zoom to set up individual meetings with students. 

If you need assistance or advice when creating tests in myCourses, contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@binghamotn.edu or 607-777-6420