Exam Experience Guide
We encourage you to use the resources in this section to create a consistent and high quality exam experience for your students. Given variability across Texas A&M University’s many degree programs, course instructors will need to account for diverse exam types, assessment objectives, and relative importance of exams while using these resources. A special thanks to the Fall 2020 Exam Experience Committee
for thoroughly curating easy-to-use guides and checklists targeting both course instructor and student responsibilities.
End of Semester Checklist
Please note that course instructors should use the learning management system (Canvas or eCampus), which requires student identity verification, to provide student access to exam materials. Course instructors may choose to proctor online exams using Zoom (or other university-approved video conferencing application); or using university-approved proctoring solutions (Respondus, Honorlock, Aggie Proctoring Center). When using any of these proctoring solutions, course instructors may require students to hold their ID to the webcam before admitting students to the exam.
Academic Integrity is a Shared Responsibility
Course Instructor Responsibilities
Considerations for Online Proctoring Solutions
Course Instructors should carefully consider the strengths and weaknesses of online proctoring solutions and design assessments in accordance with the limitations of a given solution and stated learning outcomes or assessment goals.
Ensuring Academic Integrity with Learning Management System Assessment Tools
Best Practices in Ensuring Academic Integrity when Creating an Exam in LMS
There are several recommended best practices available within Canvas and eCampus that can assist with academic integrity. These best practices apply to creating an exam with or without the proctoring solutions provided above.
Guide to Alternative Assessments
Alternative assessments aim to assess what students know and how they can apply that knowledge. Rather than focusing on a correct answer, alternative assessments explore the process and reasoning behind the response. Alternative assessments are also called "authentic assessments" because they provide opportunities for students to engage in real-world applications of their knowledge and skills.
Exam Conditions Checklists for Course Instructors and Students
The following checklists are designed for course instructors to design and communicate the exam conditions ahead of the exam to ensure student success during the exam.
End-of-Term Student Course Evaluations in AEFIS
End-of-term Student Course Evaluations (SCEs), including the new university-wide standardized items, will be conducted online through AEFIS. For access to the system, for both students and instructors
, login to TAMU.AEFIS.NET
. The recommended browsers are Chrome
- SCEs for fall semester (full term) courses open and available: 11/11/20 – 11/30/20 (11/21/20 – 12/07/22 for students at Texas A&M at Qatar)
- End-of-Term SCE Results available: 12/24/20
for information on the new university-wide standardized items, procedures and recommended strategies for bolstering response rates, walk through guides from both the student and instructor perspective, and other frequently asked questions.