“In our commitment to providing a secure exam site, COLE has undergone extensive security testing. Any issues that were identified during the testing phase have been resolved. We are ensuring the software stays up to date in order to maintain ongoing security.”
Students and faculty can easily access the exam site using the same username and password they use to log in to other University systems. Practice tests are available so students and staff can familiarise themselves with the exam process prior to live high-stakes exams.
COLE features an intuitive user experience. This includes a split-screen function to keep questions in view while answering, an “Unsure” flag for easy review of questions before submission, and autosave of text answers every 15 seconds. There is also a live timer, an equation editor, and a summary page that allows students to review the exam.
For faculty, COLE eases the role of the teaching corps with options to save time and ease pressure. These feature the division and distribution of grading of work across teaching assistants and professors and an auto-grade function for multiple-choice questions. The majority of final, summative and midterm exams for the summer and winter 2020 terms have and will be administered through COLE. By Oct 2020, 25,000 high stakes exam sittings have been delivered through the COLE, with 30-40 exams taking place each week during busy periods.