Learning Assessment Centre (LAC)/Online Assessments

Online Assessments

A major challenge for instructors planning for the upcoming semesters is to choose the best method for assessing students in an online environment. To assist in the planning process, we have created a guide on assessment best practices for remote delivery found here. This guide is the first step in determining the most effective strategy for your course assessments.

When deciding on an assessment format that aligns best with your course, it is important to consider whether it will be a closed-book/monitored exam format (traditional style exam with the option to write in a secure and locked-down environment) or an alternative assessment format (such as a project or paper). If delivering a closed-book assessment, the options are limited to the available software and programs provided by the University of Alberta. For a detailed list of closed-book exam delivery/monitoring options, consult this document here. For alternative assessment options, please view the guide developed by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

To aid in planning, below are the available assessment options:

1) Online Assessments:

  • About: Create secure online assessments using ExamLock and/or Smart Exam Monitor. The tools enhance the security of an assessment through virtual exam monitoring/proctoring and allow for remote delivery during a scheduled class time or range of times.
  • Support: We have a detailed overview of all online assessment tools. Consultations are also available through Tech in Ed (see below).

2) Bring your own device (BYOD):

  • About: Bring your own device is an alternative to the traditional paper and pencil exam. Students write in person and during normal class times using eClass (with ExamLock). This option requires students to use their own device in order to complete the exam.
  • Support: Request a consultation with Tech in Ed (see below) to learn more on how you can integrate a BYOD exam into your course.

For further guidance, please request a consultation with Technologies in Education by filling out this form here. Consultations include: a detailed overview of available assessment options, guidance on exam delivery and implementation, and assistive documentation/resources.

Tech in Ed will also be offering a digitization service. This includes uploading your assessment to your course in an eClass compatible format. Instructors will be responsible for adding all exam-specific settings (assistance with this is available). To request your exams to be digitized, please fill out this form. Ensure to submit exams a minimum of 10 business days prior to your exam date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Technologies in Education at edexams@ualberta.ca.

Learning Assessment Centre

The Learning Assessment Centre, located at 3-106 Education North, is a digital testing center that provides secure exam services that are convenient for students, as well as efficient for instructors. They offer secure, proctored exams in a flexible format. The LAC will be open for the Fall 2021 semester.

Please note:

  • The LAC is a paid service and will require prior approval from the Dean’s office (see below).
  • Block bookings will no longer be available (only flexible delivery will be offered).
  • The LAC is restricted to:
    • required courses
    • classes with an enrollment of 40 or more students

If you would like to use the LAC for your course assessments, you must receive prior approval through the Dean’s office. In order to request to use the LAC, please complete this form here. Please ensure to read all of the terms of use within the form before submitting your request.

Requests for the Fall 2021 semester are due by September 3, 2021.

Need help getting your exam on eClass? Tech in Ed will be offering a digitization service. This includes uploading your assessment to your course in an eClass compatible format. Instructors will be responsible for adding all exam-specific settings (assistance with this is available). To request your exams to be digitized, please click here. Ensure to submit exams a minimum of 10 business days prior to your exam date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at edexams@ualberta.ca or request a consultation by completing this form here.