From now on, there is one course per course number and exam date in the TC Exam.
For the time being, exam courses are still created upon the request of teachers. To do so, please contact the TeachCenter support and request a new course in the TC Exam, specifying the course concerned as well as the exam date (day and time).
At the moment, a function is being developed that will allow teachers to request new exam courses independently via their TC Exam dashboard in the future.
When you request a new exam course, the previous course is duplicated. This means that all contents of the last exam course (including the question bank) will be transferred into the new course and hidden from the students in case you want to reuse them. If you do not need the materials, you can simply delete them again.
If there are no existing courses for previous exam dates, a new empty course will be created for you.
The exam courses are linked to the respective exam date in TUGRAZonline. This means that the access rights are automatically regulated via the exam registration in TUGRAZonline. As soon as a course has been created, all examiners (teachers) who are registered as such for the exam date and all students who - at this point - are registered for the exam already have access to the course.
Subsequently, the synchronisation always takes place during the early morning hours. So, if students register for the exam, they receive access to the course from the next day the latest. The same applies when deregistering from the exam; they students automatically lose access the next day.
However, you can also trigger the synchronisation manually at any time. This is especially advisable, for example, shortly before the start of the exam in case students registered or deregistered last-minute.
In order to synchronise the students manually, click Edit course > Synchronisation > Synchronise now > Synchronise all.
You can also see if all students registered for the exam already have access or if there are students who still need to be enrolled in the course.
Attention: Students are not automatically notified that an exam has been created in the TeachCenter Exam! You must therefore inform your students that the exam will take place there instead of the “regular” TeachCenter.
If additional people need access to the exam courses (e.g. tutors), there are several options:
You can enroll these people for the exam date in TUGRAZonline (e.g. tutors as additional examiners); they will automatically receive access to the TC Exam course the next day.
You can manually enroll these people to the course. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the user guide "How to add and remove users".
You can directly tell the TeachCenter support via email who should have access when requesting the exam course.
N.B.: If certain students require more time for an exam, e.g. due to a disability, you can also set these exceptions while creating an exam. See our instructions for assignment activities or quiz activities.
When a previous course is duplicated for you, the old materials are hidden from students. If you create new or additional materials and sections yourself, it is possible to hide them from students.
To hide an entire section and all materials in it: Click the red gear next to the section > Hide section.
You can also "Show section" the same way.
Please note: Experience has shown that it might be confusing to students if the entire section is hidden; the course then looks empty to them. If you hide a whole section with the exam in it, it is advisable to either unlock it a few days before the exam or to add a label text with a welcome message and an explanation in a second visible section.
To hide only a single activity (e.g. a quiz) within a section: Click Edit next to the activity > Hide.
You can also "Show" the activity the same way.
For a quiz or an assignment, it is not always necessary to hide it. In the settings in the "Timing" section, you can set the visibility to a later time:
The options "Open the Quiz" and "Close the quiz" refer to the time when the exam is visible to the students. Students see the activity in the course, but they can only open it in the said period.
For assignment activities, you can also set a start date for submissions in the "Availability" section of the settings. Students cannot upload anything before that.
When you provide a task in the assignment activity, note the following: By default, the option "Always show description" is enabled. This means that the description of the assignment including the additional files (e.g. a task) is always displayed when the activity is visible - i.e. even before the upload is possible. Remove this check mark if you want to make tasks and files visible only from the start of the assignment activity.
If you are not sure whether the settings are correct and the students really cannot open the exam yet, you can switch to the student view to check:
Click on your name > Change role ... > Student.
Now you can see the course from the student's perspective and test to open the activity.
When you are done, click on your name again > Return to my normal role to return to your normal role.
Alternatively, you may enrol a colleague as a student in the course.
Help & Contact
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