Heads Up! Exam4 for Spring 2011 Finals Is Coming.
The IT department has requested a UofL Law version of Exam4 for Spring 2011 finals and hopes to have it tested and ready for release on Monday, April 4. Stay tuned to The Daily Docket for details.
While we have not yet received the software, we recently received new release notes from Extegrity announcing the following new features:
- Start-up sequence confirmations:
New pop-up dialogs add confirmation steps during the startup sequence after the two most important screens. The first one requires students to verify their Exam ID and Course entries. The second, not applicable at UofL Law, alerts students who have selected an OPEN or TAKEHOME Exam Mode to be absolutely certain of their choice.
- Exam submittal certainty:
Responding to students asking for greater certainty their exams have been successfully submitted, Exam4 now provides upgraded information at the moment of submittal plus an easier means to verify after submittal. The notification screens indicating successful or unsuccessful exam submittal have been redesigned for much greater visual impact, with larger and clearer text, presented in bright green or red blocks.
Students also want to verify after the fact, so Extegrity has added prominent instructions and a dedicated button to the first start-up screen. The new verification method has the advantage of being 100% accurate, because it checks for the receipt files returned to the laptop by the exam collection server at the time of submittal. And, it works even when not connected to a network.
- Redesigned multiple choice interface: (Not applicable at UofL Law.)
Extending last semester’s major upgrade to fully automated multiple choice scoring and grading, the student multiple choice answer screen has been completely redesigned for user-friendliness, with dramatically improved graphics and navigation, and the addition of a much-requested "clear" function.
The new ScreenShield introduced in the Windows versions last semester has been added to the Mac versions. It is a simple white circle on a green background covering the entire screen accessible during the startup sequence or in an exam, providing an easy, uniform way for students to block the view of their laptop screen without having to shut the lid.
- Performance and Appearance Improvements:
High processor loading reported by some Mac users last seemster has been repaired; and final touches toward making the Mac and Windows experience identical include mostly appearance items, but it’s a surprisingly noticeable improvement.
Also, Extegrity included this IMPORTANT announcement: The time has come to announce the end of support for the Windows XP and Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) operating systems. Therefore, students with Windows XP or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) laptops will NOT be able to use Exam4 beginning with the Summer 2011 semester.