Learnonline exam guides

The following guides explain how to create online exams using the quiz tool and provide the required information to students before the exam. You can download each guide as a PDF or, if you prefer, there is a single PDF containing all guides at the end of this section.

If you need additional support please book an online OED Consult. 

This guide will cover:

  • Description questions
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • True/False Questions
  • Essay Questions
  • Questions requiring a paper-based response
  • Tips on randomisation
  • Don’t give away the answer in your question settings!

Question types in an online quiz (pdf)

This guide will cover:

  • How to manually mark the Essay question type
    • By each question at a time
    • By each student at a time
    • Tutors can mark Essay questions from their own class
  • How to re-mark an already marked question

Marking Online Quiz Exams (pdf)

The information in the word doc below must be on your course site at least 3 weeks before the start of exam week. There are 5 sections of text that need to be added: 

  • Important exam information 
  • Academic Integrity during your online exam 
  • Test your computer 
  • Practice exam 
  • How to get help 

The placement is up to you, but it should feature prominently in relation to your existing exam information. 

You may also want to make a post in the Course Announcement Forum to ensure all students receive an email regarding this. 

Required text on course sites with an unsupervised exam (docx)

For invigilated exams using RPNow, please refer to this guide, which includes example text for your course site. (pdf)

Question Categories are used to group questions together based on a criterion that makes sense for your exam. 

You should create at least 2 Categories – one for the actual exam and one for the practice exam, and perhaps even a third for any revision exam. 

We also show you why you can use additional categories to take advantage of the randomised questions feature. 

Use Quiz Categories to manage your question bank (pdf)

If you have already have an assignment linked to the course outline (because the exam was originally going to be in person at Goodwood)  you need to delete this assignment so it is unlinked from your course outline. 

Then, when you add the new online exam as a quiz, you’ll be able to link this to your course outline. 

Unlinking a previous exam assignment from your Course Outline (pdf)

For important information regarding the use of RPNow invigilated online exams, please read the ‘Invigilated Online Exams: Guide for Academic Staff’ created by SAS.  

The following guides will assist with preparing and communicating an RPNow invigilated exam: 

        1. Exam Duration

        2. Writing Exam Questions – The Teaching and Learning Guides are available on the TIU website. For further support, please book a consult with an Academic Developer.

        3. Communicating with Students.

        4. Building an Invigilated Exam:        

                  a. RPNow Exam Moodle Setup.

                  b. Adding questions to your quiz

        5. How to extend the time for students with an Access Plan

        6. Checking your Invigilated Exam settings.

        7. FAQs

Further Support 

If you have a question regarding exam questions or using the quiz tool, please visit the Teaching Innovation Unit – Exam Guides webpage  

If you need additional support, please book an online OED Consult.  

For support with timetabling, requirements, or the use of RPNow for invigilated exams, please contact the Exams and Results team

For all technical support, please contact the IT HelpDesk.   

This guide will show you how to add a quiz, link it to the course outline and ensure the correct settings are applied.

Add the new exam quiz with the correct settings (pdf)

Learn how to add different questions types including plenty of tips to ensure your questions are correctly set-up.

Create questions for your quiz (pdf)

How to use the maths and science editor in learnonline plus advice on more complex questions requiring students to answer questions on paper and upload them to the quiz.

Maths and Science questions (pdf)

The last step is adding your questions to the quiz, including how to edit the order of questions and manage page breaks.

Add questions to the quiz (pdf)

All courses with an online exam must have a Practice Quiz added to the course site that will allow students to test their technology, check the environment where they plan to sit the exam and practice each type of question in the exam.

Add the Practice Quiz with required settings (pdf)

You can extend the time for students with an Access Plan using the Extensions function in learnonline. This guide explains who can receive extra time and step-by-step instructions on how to apply the time extension in learnonline.

How to extend the time for students with an Access Plan (pdf)

Download a single PDF of all the above guides.

Before the exam guides - combined (pdf)