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Tue 25 Apr 2006

Exam blues and IVLE to the rescue!

Category : NUS

When the class I teach submitted their essays for a CA questions, most plastered their matric numbers prominently on header and footers. Very good of them.

A minority, however, fail to make their identities prominent or even forget to provide any matric number! How to give them marks? Thankfully NUS has a system called IVLE (or the Integrated Virtual Learning Environment) which besides forums, workbins, FAQs etc, also has students matric numbers, names, and even photos!

So thankfully I managed to track each and every nameless paper down. The class roster was extracted into an excel sheet and after some manipulation and tiresome manual searches, it worked.

The exam yesterday was slightly better, but still three forgot to bring their matric cards, with one unable to remember two of the digitis! Luckily we were in labs and there were PCs; I had left my macbook at home, since I was bracing myself to carry home 184 exam scripts. Fired up Windows XP and used IE (*very painful*) but I was thankful - logged in to my course account, called up their photos, matric numbers and was able to verify identities.

At the start and end of exams, a standard protocol requires invigilators to announce a list of things that includes the need to write down matriculation numbers on answer scripts. Invigilators are sent that list by email, and a hard copy is collect at the department's Admin, and an enlarged version is taped down on the invigilator's table, just in case! At my specific venue, I further emphasised this in the announcements, and for each script handed in, the four of us managing the room personally checked if matric numbers were on everything each student handed in, while they were still in the room. We were assited by a steady flow of early leavers, and with four of us to do the checking, we were confident no student turned in an unidentified sheet.

While at the Dinosaurs! press conference earlier today, I got calls about unidentified MCQ sheets. I rushed back to see what I could do and by then, NNK and Teutoburg had been able to figure out the identity of the blurred-out matric number and narrowed down the remaining unidentified sheet to two likely suspects. All this despite course dropouts and absentees complicating the list.

After frowning at the information, it was IVLE to the rescue again. Used against the absentee list and the compiled list of marks churned out by the optical reader, the student was finally identified. She had scored very well and I as certainly glad to be able to match the marks to her name.

If we had just one more unidentified paper, I would have attempted sorting it out through an examination of exam scripts and the question paper with the matric numbers students that we collected back, an element of doubt would have remained. I might have had to call the culprits to campus for verification.

A heartless examiner, though, does have the option of giving them all a heart-wrenching zero!

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