This afternoon (Wednesday, April 29), dozens of students at the end of the Civil Procedure finals had difficulty with the wireless network. Most could connect, but not authenticate. That is, their logon credentials were rejected. When asked, campus IT reported no known problems or outages at that time.
For the remainder of the final exam period, students are reminded and strongly urged to bring a USB flash drive with them to every exam as a backup submission method if wireless submission fails.
Students who take exams using Exam4 may now confirm online that their exams have been successfully submitted and received. ExamTracker 3000 is available at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-tracker.
Check ExamTracker 3000 after every exam. Each course will be listed as soon as the first student finishes and submits his/her exam electronically. If your exam number is listed, you know your exam made it home.
ExamTracker 3000 will also be available in the Mosaic Lobby during finals.
By the beginning of Spring 2009 final exams on Wednesday, April 22, the IT staff plans to deploy ExamTracker 3000™, an amazing, new, high-tech program that will display students' exam numbers in real time as they complete and submit Exam4 exams. ExamTracker 3000 ™will be set up in a prominent place on the first floor of the classroom wing. Using ExamTracker 3000™, students will know with absolute certainty that their electronic exams have been successfully submitted and received.
Exam4 is now available for Spring 2009 final exams. For system requirements and to download the software and instructions, see Exam4 Download & Installation. Also, be sure to read the Computer Exam Procedures.
The deadline to submit a practice test is 11:59 PM, Friday, April 17. To submit your practice test electronically, you must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network. Only students who timely submit a practice test may receive Exam4 support during finals. Please use your UofL user name (e.g., eapres01) to identify yourself in the ExamID field. "1234" does not distinguish you from the other 11 "1234"s.
You must install a new version of Exam4 for Spring 2009 finals. Previous versions have expired and will no longer run.
At not insignificant expense, both one-time and ongoing, we have doubled the wireless network capacity in the classroom wing of the law school building. There are now additional wireless access points on all three floors: one more on the second floor, three more on the first floor, and one more in the basement.
Any student who still has difficulty connecting to the wireless network should first make sure he/she is connecting to ulsecure and not uofl_auth. uofl_auth was the old network that Odyssey used (though you didn't necessarily have to use Odyssey to connect to it). University IT killed off uofl_auth over the holiday break. If you're still trying to connect to uofl_auth, IT has instructional videos showing how to connect Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.4 and OS 10.5 computers to ulsecure. Those videos are available at http://louisville.edu/it/services/network/wireless/help.html.
Several graduating students have asked about completing the Kentucky Bar Application electronically. Because the application is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document, one must have and use Adobe Acrobat Professional to save changes to the application. Acrobat Reader will not work.
All of the Law Library lab computers have Acrobat Pro, so you may complete the application there. Or, Adobe now offers a 30-day, fully functional trial of all its products, including Acrobat Pro (for Windows only). You must create an account on Adobe's site before you'll be permitted to download the trial version, but it is available here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/tryout.html.
The Exam4 registration and download period is now open (through January 22) for the February 2009 Kentucky bar exam. Students graduating in May 2009 and planning to take the Kentucky bar exam on computer may take a look at the registration page for the February exam to see what it will look like for them this summer.
There are four steps in the process:
- Download and install
- Take and submit a practice test
With the recent rash of computer virus activity, including several distributed via Facebook, it is worth re-emphasizing the absolute importance of having active, up-to-date antivirus and antispyware applications on one's computer(s). Waiting until one's computer has become infected is too late to acknowledge that antivirus/antispyware protection is important.
The University distributes free to students and employees Symantec Endpoint Protection, but it is each student's responsiblity to protect his or her computer. The law school IT staff cannot provide bumper-to-bumper service for student laptops. Our support is limited to:
- Exam4 installation, support and exam administration;
- Connecting your laptop to the University's wireless network;
- Connecting your laptop to the law school's file server and student laptop printer; and
- Installing the University-distributed version of Symantec Endpoint protection. This is limited to installation, not de-virusing already infected computers.
Students are reminded to bring a USB drive with them to every exam they take on computer. The USB drive is a back-up in case you have wireless connectivity problems and cannot submit an exam over the network. Even students taking exams on computer should always bring bluebooks and pens in case of computer or electrical failure.
Students are solely responsible for providing their own USB drives, bluebook, pens, and any other required items. Bluebooks and a small number of USB drives are available for sale in the Faculty Resource Center (room 272):
- Bluebooks, two for 30 cents
- 64 MB USB drives, $10 each
The Faculty Resource Center is only open the following hours, so plan accordingly:
- Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
Bluebooks, USB drives, pens, etc., are not available for sale, rent or loan anywhere else in the Law School; and the IT staff will not copy exams from student laptops for students who failed to come prepared. Every student has been given a free USB drive. Don't leave it where it's no use to you.