Remote Testing/Online Testing

Introduction

Unsupervised online test taking is already possible in Moodle. However, without the appropriate supervision of the exam participant, it is not possible to create a legal framework for testing. We are therefore currently in the process of designing and providing an offer for supervised online tests (remote tests or "online proctored exams").

Distance learning exams are supervised written exams that are conducted outside the university, e.g. from home. In this case, the exam supervisor - supported by technical systems - takes over either human online supervision or a special software does. Initial pilot tests at the Technical University of Munich with up to 350 students have already been very promising - from a technical and didactic perspective. In view of the current situation, we are working under high pressure to quickly establish a viable offer.

We are cautiously optimistic that by June/July 2020 we will be able to implement such an offer on a broad scale. We will report on progress on this page and update this page continuously.

What is already available

  • With Moodle, we have a learning management system in which unsupervised online exams can already be conducted.
  • We have found a technical solution for online exam supervision and have successfully tested it in various pilot trials.
  • Due to various pilot-pilot exams we have already gained some practical experience and know how to organise and hold remote exams.

What is currently still open

Various clarifications and preparations are still necessary for a successful and legally compliant implementation of remote audits:

  • The general examination regulations of the Technical Unversity of Munich (APSO) do not yet include supervised online examinations as a form of examination. Therefore, changes in the APSO or the Specialist Examination Regulations (FPSO) are still pending.
  • A supervised online examination from home requires students to provide the supervisory system with video images and sound of themselves (and their home). According to the current interpretation of the data protection regulations, this cannot be required of students; therefore, students must always be offered an equivalent alternative to a supervised online examination (currently an online examination supervised in an examination room at the university). Given the current closure of the university buildings, such an alternative cannot be offered. We are currently examining the possibility of alternative arrangements with the Legal Department.
  • In order to ensure the performance of online exams, we are planning to set up a separate exam moodle that runs independently of the teaching and learning moodle. Since the acquisition and configuration of the corresponding hardware and software will take some time, we are currently examining whether we can temporarily run exams on the central Moodle of the Technical University of Munich.

How does a remote exam work basically

The testing process for remote testing includes some aspects to be considered for the different user groups:

Teachers

  • Announcement of the examination form in TUMonline and additionally in Moodle to inform students about the examination form
  • In Moodle, use the test activity to create a demo exam to try out and connect the appropriate tools for online viewing.
  • Approximately one week before the actual exam, make the demo exam visible to students and ask them to try the demo exam from home and familiarise themselves with the technology
  • Create an e-test "exam" in Moodle (initially invisible to students) and connect the appropriate tools for online viewing.
  • Perform the exam
  • Correction and evaluation in Moodle

Students

  • Taking the test examination before the actual exam and familiarising themselves with the technology.