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(b) Invigilated Exam

  • Book the computer lab: It is recommended that you book a computer lab with 5-10% more computers than you need, this will ensure that there will be spare computers in the room in case of a computer failure.
  • Scheduling: For a large quiz during term-time, don't schedule your quiz at the top of the hour to avoid performance issues with huge numbers of students recording their attendance in Moodle.
  • Notify the Exam Office: Please make sure you inform the Exam Office as soon as you start planning the exam to get approval of the exam arrangement, and to have exam invigilators arranged on the quiz date, and to have staff on hand in case of problems. 
  • Notify IT: Please make sure you inform IT via
  • IT Self Service Portal as soon as you start planning the quiz exam to discuss your exam profile, ensure that no maintenance work is scheduled for the computer labs, or near, the quiz date, to ensure all PCs are in working order, and to have staff on hand in case of problems.
  • Notify LEaD: Please make sure you inform LEaD via
  • IT Self Service Portal as soon as you start planning the quiz exam to enable us to check security and quiz settings, to ensure that no changes/maintenance downtime for the Moodle system are planned for, or near, the quiz date, and to have staff on hand in case of problems.

Reference: City, University of London assessment and feedback policy

  • Check who has access to your course: Be aware that any tutors or administrators on the course will be able to see the quiz questions and answers.
  • Timing: Time the exam with the clock on the wall. Invigilator should announce the exam start and end time to students. Don't rely on the Moodle clock alone to time exams - if there is a network problem during the exam students will lose time.
  • Password: To avoid students being able to access your exam outside the examination cluster you should set a password for the quiz which is only revealed to students at the start of the exam.
  • Randomisation: Consider randomising the order in which questions are presented, and randomising the presented order of the answers to minimise the chance of students cheating by copying the answers of the people around them.
  • New page: If you present questions in a series of pages or screens students' responses will automatically be saved at the end of each page, ensuring that their responses are not inadvertently lost. 
  • Don't hesitate to ask LEaD if you would like your settings checked. Please so this via ServiceNow


 City, University of London Moodle Quiz High Stakes Settings

  • Practice Quiz & briefing students: Familiarise your students with the Moodle assessment tools before they sit the exam, e.g. ask them to complete a trial quiz or upload a test assignment. Let them know the scoring rules, number and types of questions, any navigation constraints and the time limit.
  • Logging in: Ensure that all students are enrolled to the module. Remind students to log into Moodle at least 2 working days before the exam. If they are unable to log in, ask them to contact their course officer immediately.
  • Test your exam: Before issuing an exam to students you should check it thoroughly and ask someone from your discipline to run through it and provide feedback. If using multiple choice questions, double-check the answers. Ensure that distractors (wrong answers) are not too obvious.
  • Create a custom link: For a large quiz, create a custom link to reduce load of students navigating the My Moodle page and selecting the module.

During the Exam (read more...)
titlePlanning (read more...)
As soon as possible
Moodle Settings (read more...)3-4 weeks to go
  • Set up the assessment quiz in Moodle
  • Set up practice quiz in Moodle
titleBefore the Exam (read more...)
1-2 weeks to go
  • Release practice quiz to students

  • Send Moodle quiz assessment info sheet to students

  • Brief invigilators

  • Confirm date and venue with IT and LEaD via ServiceNow IT Self Service Portal

  • Pilot run the quiz at the exam venue
  • Use Firefox: It is essential that students use Firefox for quizzes.
  • Logging in: To avoid possible performance issues when large groups of students are logging into Moodle, we advise that you allow 5-10 minutes before the exam for large groups to log in and ask them to stagger the logins where possible. If any students experience problems, please call IT Helpdesk at x8181 for assistance.

On the day
  • Have in-hand the emergency contact for IT Service Desk (020 7040 8181)


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