New guidelines for exams taken remotely
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LiU has now changed the guidelines for exams that are reconfigured to exams taken remotely. At least five working days before the exam, the examiner is to provide information about which technical aids are permitted. The new guidelines do not allow students to post-register for an exam after the registration deadline.
When LiU activated distance mode in March as a consequence of the spread of the coronavirus, guidelines and procedures for exams to be held remotely were drawn up at short notice. These have now been revised and clarified in a decision that will come into effect on 15 May. This decision applies to exams that are reconfigured to exams taken remotely during the period from 29 May 2020 to 31 August 2020 (both dates inclusive). The guidelines adopted in March apply to exams that are carried out as remote exams up to and including 28 May.
The guidelines and procedures apply to the following forms of exam that are held as remote exams:
- Exams taken in an examination hall (written exams in an examination hall, computer exams, preparatory written work and equivalent)
- Digital exams in WISEflow
- Exams in an examination hall given by the Faculty of Science and Engineering that have temporarily been replaced by written exercises conducted at home
One change introduced by the new guidelines and procedures is that students can no longer post-register for an exam, or come to an exam session without registering in advance. For this reason, students must register for an exam before the deadline.
“It was not possible to carry out this change in March since it was necessary to take rapid decisions. As we now introduce the change relating to post-registration, we can ensure that no students are brought into difficulty as a consequence of the new guidelines. We are extremely grateful for the way in which the student unions have shown understanding. The teachers can now focus fully on the exams”, says Robert Ericsson, head of the student division.
The new guidelines also make it clear that it is the examiner who is responsible for determining which technical aids are permitted during an exam. An exam is to be carried out individually and without collaboration, and the examiner or an on-call teacher is to be available by telephone for the complete duration of the exam.
“Information about which technical aids are permitted is to be given by the examiner at least five working days before the exam, as is information about the course room (or equivalent) that is to be used for the exam”, says Robert Ericsson.
The decision will be in force until 31 August and follows the same timeline as the decision about the planning framework for operations for the autumn term, taken in April. This means that all exams relating to the current academic year are to take place as remote exams. The university is planning that the autumn term will bring a transition to operations using more normal procedures. However, this depends on the recommendations published by relevant official bodies.
The follows provisions apply to exams in an examination hall that are held as remote exams from 15 May:
- It is not possible to post-register for an exam, or attend an exam taken remotely without registering in advance. The registration must be made before the deadline.
- It is the examiner who decides which technical aids are to be permitted during an exam.
- At least five working day before the exam, information must be provided about which technical aids are permitted and the course room or equivalent that is to be used.
The new guidelines and procedures come into effect on 15 May and apply to all exams held in the period 29 May-31 August.
The previous guidelines and procedures that were adopted in March apply to all exams held up to and including 28 May.
Last updated: 2020-08-24