Information and forms for Students

Step 1 Choose Exam Mode: All Students Start Here!

All students need to choose to type or hand-write the assessment item (mid semester test/exam):

  1. a) View the UQ Trial information flyer (PDF).
  2. b) Read the student research study information sheet (PDF). See also a FAQ (PDF)
  3. c) Complete the online exam mode choice and consent form ~ [PDF version].

Those who want to type - see next step! (hand-writers jump to Step 4).

Step 2 Attend Set-up and Practice Session

You have three options...

Option 1: Attend one of the e-Exam Practice/laptop set-up sessions (Recommended!).
Note; for those intending on hand-writing their exam you do not need to attend.

  • Session times/locations will be advised by your course lecturer or via email following completion of step 1.

All sessions are the same . Pick one! You do not need to attend for the whole duration.
Please bring the laptop you intend on using on exam day, with a fully charged battery. We recommend you also bring a wired mouse.
It is estimated that it will take 30 minutes at most for you to set-up your laptop for automatic boot (excluding any major technical hitches) as well as practice using the e-exam software. There will be DIY guides (see below) and staff will be on hand to help.

Option 2: Borrow a Practice kit from the library:

You can obtain an e-Exam System USB stick and a printed copy of the 'Set-up & Practice Guide' [11MB PDF] booklet on 2 hour loan from:
Gatton Library (ask for it at the loans desk) or
St Lucia Library, Social Science and Humanities branch (Ask for it at the high use loans desk, you may check availability at St Lucia). The practice kit is also available at Herston campus at the Oral Health Centre student services desk. Note; the booklet contains all of the following set-up and practice guide files in one document.

Option 3: Create your own e-Exam Practice USB stick
(recommended only for the technically skilled):

  1. Download the e-Exam Practice demo version disk image file Only use the most recent version from this directory - ensure it has 'uq' in the file name. This is a very large 2GB file. This is best downloaded on campus and choose the 'AARNET' mirror if possible to avoid it impacting your UQ internet quota. (Internode mirror may also be available)
  2. Create an e-exam Demo USB stick by *carefully* following the instructions in the Demo set-up guide. You will need a USB at least 2GB in size - warning! all data on the USB will be wiped by this process.


2B - Use these Laptop Set-up Guides

Follow the points below to find which documents you need to read - it all depends on the type of laptop you plan to use:

If you get stuck see the 'Troubleshooting and problem reporting' guide.

2C - Follow the practice guide

Step 3: Provide feedback and confirm your choice to type!

When you are done setting up and practising please complete the brief online student pre-exam practice feedback survey ~ [PDF version] or [Word doc version]

Note: if you attended a practice/set-up session you should have been given the survey sheet in the room.

Note: if after filling in the survey you want to change your mind about typing the exam please contact the e-Exam project leader m.hillier[at] -> change [at] to @.

Step 4: Go to the exam!

For those typing their exam - please bring your laptop with a *fully charged* battery and a wired mouse.
For those hand-writing their exam - just bring your pen!

Step 5: Please Complete the Post-exam Survey

All students - after you finish the exam, please kindly complete a post-exam survey to tell us about your rationale and experience.

The survey will be provided at the conclusion of your exam.

Invited to an interview?

  1. Read the student research study information sheet (PDF) for focus group/interviews.
  2. Complete the student research study consent form (PDF) for focus group/interviews.

Information and forms for Staff

About trials to date:

Information for Course Co-ordinators

We are now seeking UQ academics interested in trialling the technology and approach in 2015.

If you would like to proceed, please get in touch with Dr Mathew Hillier to arrange a preliminary meeting.

Updated survey instruments

To be used in 2015:

  • Pre-exam student survey (first impressions and laptop hardware audit done at set-up/practice session).
  • Post-exam student survey (system experience, exam experience, exam writing strategies and general writing strategies done immediately following the exam event; preferably in the room before students leave).