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Alternate assessment

Due to COVID-19, end of semester exams have been replaced with alternate forms of assessment in each of your relevant courses for Semester 2 2020.

Details of your alternate assessment for this semester can be found in your Alternate Assessment Schedule in your Student Centre, which will be made available to students 6 weeks prior to the alternate assessment period.

These alternate forms of assessment do not require your physical attendance at a campus or examination centre.  

Preparing for your alternate assessment

You are responsible for ensuring you complete your assessment under appropriate conditions. Consider the following when preparing your space:

  • Ensure you have a reliable device (laptop or computer) and internet connection
  • Ensure you have all the required hardware to complete your exam (eg printer, scanner)
  • Test all devices and equipment prior to exam
  • Have all the items you require to complete your exam ready (e.g. calculator, translation dictionary etc.).
  • Test comfort levels before you start (e.g. lighting, temperature, seating).
  • Remove distractions (e.g. turn off your mobile phone and television).
  • Prepare for the assessment just like you would for an exam - the Library have resources on exam preparation and don't forget we have a range of support services to support your wellbeing as well.

For more information, read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below for general information and technical support.

Support for you

Once you start your assessment item, you can contact us to query the content, get technical support or ask any other assessment-related questions.

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Technical support FAQs

If your internet drops out during your exam, you can navigate back into your exam and continue with the exam from your last saved response. In most instances clicking the refresh button on your browser will re-load your exam. You should make note of any responses entered on the page (eg take a screenshot and save to your desktop or copy your responses to a blank document), then try to reconnect.

If you cannot re-enter your exam immediately, you must contact USQ for support within 15 minutes of losing access to your online exam, using the contact information below. Be sure to take a screenshot at the time you encounter the issue.

A member of the support team will verify your drop out and allow you access back into your exam. The questions you already answered will be saved and you will continue from your first attempt.

Students will be granted a second attempt but will not be granted multiple additional attempts.

Ensure you have carefully reviewed all the Technical FAQs below prior to taking your online exams to assist in mitigating issues as far as possible.

24/7 support during the Alternate Assessment period

24/7 support is available for students completing their alternate assessment.

Urgent enquiries:

Ph: +61 7 4631 2285

Ph: 1800 007 252 (within Australia only)

Other enquiries:

For general or non-urgent queries please phone during business hours or email assessment.support@usq.edu.au and one of our team will be with you as soon as possible.

If you are required to submit a PDF document for your Online Exam or Take Home Exam there are many options.

If you do not need to include any handwritten workings or notes:

  • Submit your assessment as a Word document.

If you need to include any handwritten workings or notes the methods below may assist you:

  • Use a scanner or photocopier scanner to scan your handwritten workings to a PDF file.
  • Use the OneDrive App on your phone to scan a document – Watch the instructional videos below:

USQ Students are able to access OneDrive via Office 365- Watch the video on how to download the app.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6ilUXRi-T0

 

  • Use a smartphone app such as Genius Scan to scan your document.
  • Use the notes app on your iOS device to scan and email to yourself as a PDF.
  • Use your smartphone to take photos of your hand written solutions, email to yourself or save the images to a One Drive/Google Docs area, then copy and paste the images from the drive or your email to a Word file in the correct order of the exam questions, resize each image to a single page A4 and then save as a PDF file

Other important tips:

  • If you are scanning workings or notes, write your name, the course code/name and page number at the top of each page before scanning.
  • Use a black pen to write your exam and not a pencil as pencil does not provide good contrast when scanning.
  • Ensure you use good lighting to take your photos or scan images, and avoid shadows if possible.
  • Check the final image quality.
  • Test this process before you start your exam.
  • Where instructed, compile to a single file with the specified naming convention e.g. Course Code_Full Name e.g. CMG1001_Michael Jackson.pdf
  • Submit your PDF file/s to the online exam area on StudyDesk- Do not email to your lecturer.

Please be sure to submit PDF files, not pictures/images (i.e. Do not submit the jpg image from your scanner or camera).

If you experience any technical issues with creating and uploading your documents, during your exam you must contact Assessment Support immediately.

24/7 support available from 26 October – 8 November

For urgent enquiries phone:
Ph: +61 7 4631 2285
Ph: 1800 007 252 (within Australia only)

Monday 6am - Sunday 5pm during the Alternate Assessment period.

    If you encounter a serious disruption that is outside your control and you believe has impaired your performance, you may apply for Special Consideration.

    Examples of a serious disruption may include a:

    • power outage
    • internet outage
    • medical emergency
    • evacuation or other emergency.

    To apply, you must:

    1. Complete the Special Consideration Application form under 'Assessments and results'.
    2. Submit the completed application with supporting documentation no later than five University business days after the closing date and time of the assessment item.
    3. Your special consideration application form must be submitted with supporting documentation. Examples might include verification from your power or internet service provider, medical certificate, emergency services report or other third-party verification.

    Students affected by compelling circumstances occurring prior to commencing their alternate assessment, should apply for a Deferred Assessment using the Deferred Examination process (ensuring appropriate supporting documentation is provided) and should not attempt the assessment item.

    Students cannot claim Special Consideration for circumstances or conditions that are the consequences of their own actions or inaction.  If you would like further advice, please contact your support team.

    USQ does recommend some minimum hardware and software requirements for students.

    You will need a computer/laptop and internet connection to access and submit your assessment in your StudyDesk courses.

    You may also require a printer, scanner or mobile device to capture and upload hand written workings. Check your StudyDesk for further details.

    If you forget your password you can reset it yourself any time.
    Allow pop-up windows in your browser prior to commencing your alternate assessment. Read more about how to allow pop ups.

    Clearing your cache, cookies and internet history may improve the performance of your internet browser.

    If you are experiencing any difficulties with your system prior to commencing your alternate assessment, it is recommended to clear the cache on your browser.

    Find out how to clear your cache for:

    Prior to completing your alternate assessment:

    1. You should know what StudyDesk is, and how to navigate it.
    2. A link to your StudyDesk can be found within UConnect, this is where you will access your alternate assessment.
    3. Prior to completing your alternate assessment, check USQ’s recommended configuration settings for your computer.

    You can access your Online Exams and Take Home Exams in your course StudyDesk.

    Before you start, it is recommended that you log out of your StudyDesk on all other devices prior to starting your assessment (mobile phone, tablet, other computers).

    1. Login to UConnect > access the relevant StudyDesk course on your preferred device (e.g. Computer or Laptop).
    2. Go to the Navigation menu on the left, and click on ‘Assessment’.
    3. Scroll down the Assessment page to locate your assessment item/s and click the relevant assessment item link.
    4. Carefully read the instructions provided.
    5. Commence your assessment item.
    6. Complete/Submit your assessment within the set time frames.

    If you have any problems accessing your assessment item phone your SRO for support Ph: +61 7 4631 2285 or  Ph: 1800 007 252 (within Australia only).

    If you are experiencing slow internet, the below may assist in improving the speed within your home.

    Having other household members using streaming or gaming services while you are completing online study, may impact your experience.

    Check if other family/household members are using the internet prior to taking your assessment

    (Note: This could be hard connected by Ethernet cable OR by Wi-Fi)

    • Desktop computers
    • Laptop computers
    • Smart phones
    • Smart televisions
    • Tablets
    • Gaming consoles
    • Google Home mini or other smart speaker

    Ask if they can switch to using their mobile data or wait until after you have completed your exam.

    Check if you are running multiple programs needing internet connection

    Check all of your devices and close all other running programs, for example email, music streaming etc.

    • If other applications/programs are needed, perhaps consider if they all need to be open especially ones that are computer intensive

    Other things to consider

    Check your modem is turned on, and is connected successfully to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

    • Do not wait until the last minute to commence your exam, or submit your assessment. Plan for possible technical issues, to allow you time to find and fix the issue and get back online.
    • If you have problems connecting to the internet, check with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) outages page.

    Examples:

    • To find the best setup for Wi-Fi and ethernet cabling for your home network, consult your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for further advice on in-home optimisation.

    Note: It is your responsibility to know how to check and use your modem.  If you need additional support to understand your modem prior to taking your assessment, you will need to contact your ISP support staff.

    Yes.  Students who do not have access to a reliable device or internet connection in their own home, may access the USQ Computer Labs during the assessment period.
    Note: Device numbers are limited.  You will need to allow ample time to access a device.

    You can access any printed or written materials and calculator whilst completing your assessment.

    You should check on your StudyDesk for each course, for specific instructions. Use of online textbooks, StudyDesk materials and other resources may also be required/recommended for your course.

    If you require further advice on what resources you need to access during your exam, contact your course examiner prior to commencing your exam.

    Finally, you should be aware of USQ’s expectations for academic integrity as they apply to this assessment.

     

    Online Exams in StudyDesk have an auto save function built in and saves every 2 minutes.

    There is no ‘Save’ button within the online exam. Questions are marked as ‘saved’ once you navigate to the next page.

    Yes. If you are required to type a written response in your online exam, there is a spell check function.
    No. If you are required to type a written response in your online exam, there is no word count feature.
    You will not lose answers that you have entered into the online exam. The quiz function in StudyDesk used to facilitate these exams, contains an auto-save function that saves your work every 2 minutes.

    Yes. Our support team will be available during all assessment opening and closing windows, to provide assistance for any urgent technical issues you experience.

    You are required to phone within 15 minutes of experiencing technical issues or dropouts during your online exam.

    24/7 support during the Alternate Assessment period

    24/7 support is available for students completing their alternate assessment.

    Urgent enquiries:

    Ph: +61 7 4631 2285

    Ph: 1800 007 252 (within Australia only)

    Other enquiries:

    For general or non-urgent queries please phone during business hours or email assessment.support@usq.edu.au and one of our team will be with you as soon as possible.

    You must report technical issues to the university within 15 minutes of their occurrence when taking your online assessment.

    If you have been unable to access and complete your online exam at all during the 48 hour time frame provided, you will need to contact Assessment Support urgently for advice.

    Confirmation from your Power or Internet service provider would be required if a severe outage occurred on your grid or network.

    Ensure you complete your online assessment well within the closing date and time.  This will allow you time to resolve any issues before the timeframe closes.  Be sure to contact the University if you require assistance.

    Misinterpretation of the details published on the Alternate Assessment Schedule will not be considered as grounds for granting a deferred assessment.

    24/7 support during the Alternate Assessment period

    24/7 support is available for students completing their alternate assessment.

    Urgent enquiries:

    Ph: +61 7 4631 2285

    Ph: 1800 007 252 (within Australia only)

    Other enquiries:

    For general or non-urgent queries please phone during business hours or email assessment.support@usq.edu.au and one of our team will be with you as soon as possible.

    General information FAQs

    As you would in a face-to-face exam, you can query the content of your alternate assessment.

    Please phone the university immediately if you feel the need to ask a question relating to your exam so our support team can provide you with further guidance.

    24/7 support during the Alternate Assessment period

    24/7 support is available for students completing their alternate assessment.

    Urgent enquiries:

    Ph: +61 7 4631 2285

    Ph: 1800 007 252 (within Australia only)

    Other enquiries:

    For general or non-urgent queries please phone during business hours or email assessment.support@usq.edu.au and one of our team will be with you as soon as possible.

    Your Alternate Assessment Schedule details the type of assessment you have been set for each of your courses and the timeframes in which your assessment must be completed and submitted.

    To access your Alternate Assessment Schedule:

    1. Log into UConnect.
    2. Select 'Student Centre'.
    3. Select the 'Exam' tile.
    4. Select the 'Alternate Assessment Schedule' menu item.
    5. Select each course to view specific instructions relating to the type of assessment you have been assigned.
    6. Use the scroll bar located on the right of the screen to move down the page to view all details.

    If you have any questions, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to support you on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.

    No, you do not need to travel to your exam centre or a campus for your end of semester assessment for Semester 2, 2020.

    The alternate forms of assessment outlined in your Alternate Assessment Schedule and on your StudyDesk do not require your physical attendance at a campus or examination centre.  

    Due to COVID -19 and the Government’s social distancing restrictions, all face-to-face (paper based) exams have been cancelled. You can complete your alternate assessment from home.

    Be sure to check your course StudyDesk for details on how to access and submit each of your assessment items.

    No. This semester students are not required to take paper-based examinations at an exam centre or campus.

    For Semester 2 2020, your examination timetable has been replaced by your official Alternate Assessment Schedule.

    Your Alternate Assessment Schedule will contain details of the type of assessment you have been set for each of your courses and the timeframes in which your assessment must be completed and submitted.

    If you have any questions, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to support you on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.

    Semester 2 2020 paper exams have been replaced with the following assessment types:

    1. Online Exam
    2. Take Home Exam
    3. Assignment

    The type of assessment has been selected and set within your course by your Course Examiner.

    You must check your Alternate Assessment Schedule and course StudyDesk for the full details of your Online Exams and Take Home Exams.

    Details of your assignment will be available on your course specification and StudyDesk.

    If you have any questions, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to support you on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.

    Please check your Alternate Assessment Schedule and your StudyDesk for details specific to each course and type of assessment.

    Once an online exam closes, you will no longer be able to access it.  Take Home Exams cannot be submitted late and extensions will not be granted.

    If you are unsure about the scheduling of your assessment items, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to support you on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.

    Online Exams and Take Home Exams

    The opening date and opening time showing for each of your courses, indicates the time your Online Exam will open on StudyDesk, or when your Take Home Exam can be accessed. These assessments will be available for 48 hours. You must check your Alternate Assessment Schedule to access this information.

    The closing date and closing time showing for each of your courses, indicates the time your Online Exam will close on StudyDesk, or when your Take Home Exam must be completed and submitted by.

    Please remember all times are shown in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and remember to give yourself plenty of time to complete and submit your assessment before the closing date and closing time shown.

    Be sure to:

    1. Check the duration of your Online Exam or Take Home Exam.
    2. Complete the assessment item at a time that works for you within the 48 hour window.
    3. Complete and submit the assessment by the closing date and time shown. No time extensions will be given.

    Please take note:

    • If you have an assessment item opening at 8:30am (08:30), your assessment item will close two days (48 hours) later, at 8:30am (08:30) on the closing date.
    • If you have an assessment item opening at 2:30pm (14:30), your assessment item will close two days (48 hours) later, at 2:30pm (14:30) on the closing date.

    Misinterpretation of the information provided on the Alternate Assessment Schedule will not be considered as grounds for granting a deferred assessment.

    Assignments

    For courses using an Assignment, check your StudyDesk for further details on how to access and submit your assignment. 

    If you have any questions, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to support you on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.

    If you have been granted a supplementary or deferred assessment from a previous semester, this has now been replaced with alternate assessment. Assessment details are now available on your Alternate Assessment Schedule.

    Alternatively, please contact your course examiner if you are at all unsure of the arrangements for your supplementary or deferred assessment.

    Please contact your Student Relationship Officer if you need assistance to access the current, or previous semester’s StudyDesk. This is where you will need to access and submit your assessment item/s.

    This will depend on the types of assessment you have been assigned in your course/s, and the types of adjustments that have been approved on your learning support plan.

    The Student Equity Team, are available to discuss the services and support you will be able to access when completing your alternate assessment.

    USQ is flexible in our delivery of assessment methods for students with disabilities, and we realise that each student’s needs will be different depending on the format of your relevant assessment items.

    The Student Equity Team, are available to discuss what services and support are available and will negotiate on your behalf to achieve a reasonable offer of accommodations.

    Your course specification and StudyDesk will outline the items you are permitted to access.

    Students are responsible for providing their own permitted items. Ensure you have all required items before you start your assessment.

    If you are unable to complete your assessment within the specified time frames due to compelling circumstances you may apply for a deferred assessment. If your assessment item is already deferred or supplementary from a previous semester, you are unable to defer again.

    To defer an assessment scheduled within the Alternative Assessment Schedule you will need to follow the Deferred Examination process and provide evidence to support your application.

    You will have ten (10) University Business days to submit your application. For Online Exams and Take Home Exams, this will be from the closing date shown on your assessment schedule. 

    If you have questions, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to support you on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.

    If you are unable to complete your assessment due to being unwell, you may apply for a deferred assessment. If your assessment item is already deferred or supplementary from a previous semester, you are unable to defer again.

    To defer an assessment scheduled within the Alternative Assessment Schedule you will need to follow the Deferred Examination process and provide evidence to support your application.

    If you choose to undertake your assessment whilst you are unwell, you will not be eligible to apply for special consideration. Once you have started an assessment item, you will not be eligible to apply for deferred assessment.

    If you need support, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to help on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.

    Misinterpretation of the information provided on the Alternate Assessment Schedule WILL NOT be considered as grounds for granting a deferred assessment.

    Please remember all times are shown in Australian Eastern Standard time (AEST) and to give yourself plenty of time to complete and submit your assessment before the closing date and time shown.

    Be sure to:

    1. Check the duration of your Online Exam or Take Home Exam
    2. Complete the assessment item at a time that works for you within the 48 hour window.
    3. Complete and submit the assessment by the closing date and time shown. No extensions will be given.

    Please take note:

    • If you have an assessment item opening at 8:30am (08:30), your assessment item will close two days (48 hours) later at 8:30am (08:30am) on the closing date.
    • If you have an assessment item opening at 2:30pm (14:30), your assessment item will close two days (48 hours) later at 2:30pm (14:30rm) on the closing date.

    If you have questions, the iconnect team and your Student Relationship Officers are here to support you on Live Chat and Zoom Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 5pm and from 12pm – 5pm on weekends.