Guidelines for implementation and didactics

Form of examination

There are two options for conducting online exams in the exam ILIAS platform:

Scenario A: online test          

This option is suitable for exam questions such as multiple choice, assignments, or free text questions. It can also be done with Chromebooks.

Scenario B: take home exam   

In this scenario, the examination document is provided for students to work on, and they upload their completed document. This option is not possible with Chromebooks.

In principle, these two scenarios can also be combined. E.g. an online test can include a longer open-ended question as in the take-home exam format. However, this type of exam is not feasible with Chromebooks.

More information on implementation can be found here:

Scenario A: online test

The implementation of this scenario is done with the "Test" tool in ILIAS. It provides various question types for your exam, such as multiple-choice, free text, ordering questions, gapped texts, and more. In this scenario, students will need a reliable internet connection throughout the exam.

  1. The ILIAS team will provide you with a template on the ILIAS exam platform, which includes the essential basic settings.
  2. You add the exam participants and make your individual settings (password for the exam, availability period, duration, randomisation of questions, etc.).
  3. You create the exam questions in which you can incorporate various media.
  4. For most question types, ILIAS offers automatic evaluation. However, the exam administrators must review this evaluation - manual re-evaluation is possible.
  5. For questions that are automatically evaluated by ILIAS, you determine the point allocation when creating the question. Negative points are permitted within an MC (multiple choice) question, but the final result of a question must never be less than 0 points, i.e. carrying negative points over questions is not permitted. Alternatively, for MC questions, there is the option to award points only when all correct answers are selected. However, this disadvantages students who correctly select two out of three options, as they would receive no points instead of the possible two.

This form of exam can be conducted on-site with Chromebooks.

Scenario B: take-home exam

The specific implementation is done with the "Übung" tool in ILIAS. The advantage of this scenario is that the actual exam is conducted offline, and no long-term dependence on a good internet connection is required for the students. An internet connection is only needed at the beginning and end of the exam.

Please note: A take-home exam without supervision is no longer considered an exam in terms of the applicable examination law.

  1. The ILIAS team will provide you with a template containing the essential basic settings in the ILIAS exam environment.
  2. You will add the exam participants and make your individual settings (password for the exam, availability period, submission deadline, etc.).
  3. You will provide one (or more) exam document(s) with instructions for the tasks.
  4. You determine how the results should be uploaded. They can be either computer-based tasks, or handwritten tasks, that are photographed and uploaded as a file

This type of exam cannot be carried out with Chromebooks on site.

Conceptual design of (digital) exams

The same didactic principles that apply to traditional exams also apply to the design of online exams. The Academic Staff Development has developed a detailed guide for the didactical design of exams in the university context. Here you will also find possible exam formats and considerations for designing examinations as online variants.

If you need assistance with the implementation of teaching methods, you can contact the team academic staff development.