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Running an online deferred exam (Winter 2022)


This guide contains a subset of recommendations for online assessment planning, bearing in mind the limited time for planning and building your online deferred assessment.

A few things to consider before your assessment:

  1. Course Status will remain active until end of January. Quercus courses are active for students for one month past the official course end date (see Quercus Course Life Cycle); for Fall 2021 course, students should be able to access your course until the end of January 2022. If you are running an exam after January 31, 2022, or if you want to be extra sure your course is available, you can 'open up' the course again temporarily, following the instructions on our guide: How do I reactivate the +People button? (the instructions are actually for opening up the course after the course end date).
  2. Communicate a contingency plan to your students. Include an alternate method of communication, as a backup to Internet issues. Technical support is limited on the weekends but students can contact the Information Commons Help Desk for support.
  3. Consider beginning the exam with a webinar session. This can help to launch the assessment smoothly, check-in with the student(s), and provide a place to ask questions. There is no requirement to have video on or to proctor the students virtually; you might just remind the student(s) that you will be there should they need assistance.
  4. Aim to keep technology part of the assessment as simple as possible (while meeting your objectives). Consider using the Quercus assignment tool (don't let the name fool you, it does more than just assignments! This is a great way to receive files; see how do I create an online assignment?) instead of the more complex Quercus Quizzes tool. 

If you have any questions, please schedule a consultation with the ETO Team using our Bookings Calendar.

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