User Guides

Version 6 (supported)

Starting a computer with an e-Exam USB stick:

  • Quick start for e-Exam System v6 [PDF] - a quick two page summary on how to start a computer with an e-Exam USB stick (help sheet for the exam room).
  • Start-up Guide [PDF] - detailed instructions for Apple and 'Windows' laptop users on how to start a computer with an e-Exam USB stick along with some practice scenarios.

Creating and Managing e-Exam USB sticks:

  • Demo Set-up Guide: e-Exam System v6 [PDF] - How to turn the demo IMG/ISO image download into a working, bootable e-Exam USB stick using Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. How to configure exam modes, add custom exam content and manage USB sticks.
  • Setting Up Moodle Mode Exams - TBA - Coming soon!
  • Hardware guide: e-Exam System v6 [PDF] - Advice on hardware needed to bulk manage e-Exam System USBs (to bulk duplicate, clean-up, import/export data).
  • Hardware kit [PDF] - A example of using a 49port USB hub to bulk manage e-Exam System USBs.

Other Guides

  • Student Guide - See the 'Quick Start guide' and 'Start-up' guides above.
  • Teacher Guide - TBA - Preparing and marking e-Exams
  • Administration and Invigilation Guide - TBA
  • e-Exam workflow [PDF] - A one page diagram showing a typical workflow to run an e-exam. This will evolve and be improved over time!
  • e-Exam pedagogical implementation roadmap [PDF] - A one page strategy outline for scaling up pedagogically rich e-Exams at an Institution.

Videos


Starting and using e-Exam System v5 on an Apple Macbook - Youtube 720p.


Starting and using e-Exam System v5 on a 'Windows' Laptop (in this case a Dell E6230) - Youtube 720p.

Example e-Exams - Word processor based

  • Example Paper Equivalent Exam (question formats) (Updated 26 Oct 2014) [991KB ZIP file contains word doc and ancillary config files]. Doc file contains example questions and tips that you can use to build your own exams. These are designed for use as an e-Exam or as pen-on-paper giving students a choice. Prepared using a regular word processor and either printed or copied onto the e-Exam platform. For the latter it will use the on-board office suite. This approach is ideal for first the stage of a transition to e-Exams. Tip: save as'.doc' format and avoid '.docx' format.
  • Example Paper Equivalent Exam (for student practice) (Updated 27 Aug 2014) [848KB ZIP file contains word doc and ancillary config files]. Set up to allow students to practice using the on-board office suite. These can be done as an e-Exam or as pen-on-paper giving students a choice. Prepared using a regular word processor and either printed or copied onto the e-Exam platform. This approach is ideal for first the stage of a transition to e-Exams. Tip: save as'.doc' format and avoid '.docx' format.
  • Example Post Paper Exam (Updated 27 Aug 2014) [45MB ZIP file contains word doc, sample multimedia files, sample applications and ancillary config files]. Utilises the on-board office suite along with multi media components and additional software tools, as such a computer is required by students. This could be extended to use any common office file format such as spreadsheet file and presentation files, or indeed other file formats such as CAD files provided the appropriate software is added to the e-Exam system.

To use these examples you will need a working e-Exam USB stick (see 'Demo set-up guide' listed above). Note that the demo e-Exam System ISO files contain several of these example exams already. To change to another example exam you will need to:

  1. Download and unzip the example exam files.
  2. Mount the e-Exam USB within Linux or OSX in order to access to contents of the e-Exam partitions (drives). Note: windows won't work for this step because it cant mount multi-partition USB sticks. You can use a generic Ubuntu Live USB to boot a 'windows' computer and then mount the e-Exam USB within it.
  3. Replace the contents of the 'eexam' partition with the contents of the ZIP file.
  4. Boot a computer using the e-Exam USB to try.

Example e-Exams - LMS based

  • Example Exam with computer marked questions - Utilises the on-board learning management system quiz engine, as such a computer is required by students. To obtain the example exam please download the latest version of the ISO that contains the word 'moodle' in the file name (see the downloads link). Once the ISO is burnt onto a USB and booted into the e-Exam System the sample on-board LMS exam example can be used.
  • More computer marked question examples - See the numerous examples on our sister site 'Transforming Assessment'. The vast majority of those examples can be utilised within the e-Exam system, although some may require additional plug-ins to be installed into the on-board Moodle LMS. Such plug-ins are available via the Moodle plugins database.

Version 5 (no longer supported)

Set-up guides

Developer Guides

System architecture

Software documentation

Software sources

  • eExam v5 at BitBucket - houses a private repository of the e-Exam custom software components and configuration scripts. This will be released as open source when it becomes production ready.
  • eExam v4 at Launchpad - the predecessor version.