Thao Nghi Tu
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If a student is added to the course roster in ConnectCarolina with the Teaching Assistant role, the student must first pass the FERPA training. I believe they are then added to an instructor table in ConnectCarolina, and then the departmental course scheduler may add them as a TA to the course roster. Once Sakai updates (happens 3 times daily), the TA would automatically inherit grading permissions in the Sakai site. Here is info on FERPA training from the University Registrar.
The recommended method for giving TAs access is by adding them to the official course roster in ConnectCarolina. This is so they are required to take FERPA training before getting access to student private information. You can however also grant them grading permissions through the Section Info tool in Sakai. We strongly encourage the TA to take the FERPA training either way. Here is a tutorial with more information and steps on setting this up. Granting permission through Section Info will give the TA access to view student submissions and grade in all areas of your Sakai course site.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with using the Sakai Tests & Quizzes tool! Creating a practice exam for students who may not have used this tool before was a great idea to help them feel more comfortable with taking the exam. I am sorry to hear that some students experienced problems and hope I can provide some clarification as to what may have happened.
Several users reported connectivity problems today that ITS Networking confirmed were due to Spectrum, the internet provider. Our team also checked speed tests and confirmed those of us who were experiencing slowness were on Spectrum. The slowness was seen on multiple websites, including Sakai, unc.edu, etc. Those of us with a different internet provider at home were experiencing normal speeds. It would be interesting to hear back from your students whether they’re using Spectrum at home or a different provider. I imagine most of their issues were related to Spectrum today and/or other connectivity problems (bandwidth, multiple users online, etc.). Was your practice exam available for students before today?
The problem that some of your students experienced with the same question appearing I imagine also had to do with connectivity issues. What Megan Plenge reported on 3/30 was actually related to several question pools with few questions, so students were receiving some of the same questions or very similar questions on their second attempt of an exam. We confirmed the randomization of questions was working on multiple attempts of an assessment.
Please note our script to push through auto-submissions runs daily around midnight, so you may not see students’ in-progress submissions until the next day. If you would like any to be submitted before then, just send us a request on help.unc.edu and we can manually push them through.
You’re welcome to share with your students the Sakai tips found on our blog, including a list of tips on taking tests online.
Feel free to continue sharing any other feedback you may have on here and whether you give the Tests & Quizzes tool another run. Hopefully things will go smoother for you and your students. If you have a technical question specific to your course, please send us a request on help.unc.edu.
I’m glad we were able to resolve this over email! I just wanted to summarize on here in case anyone following the forum has similar questions.
1) As long as the assessment Part is set to randomize each time an assessment is submitted, it should randomize and we confirmed this is working. A good idea is to include several questions in a Question Pool to avoid students seeing a lot of the same questions, even individual students with multiple attempts.
2) When editing a published assessment, the assessment will be retracted from student view, including those currently taking the exam. Depending on how long the exam is open, whether it’s timed, and other various scenarios, it may be best to just email the diagram to students instead of retracting the assessment from student view.
Feel free to send us a request on help.unc.edu if you have questions about your specific assessment. Thanks!
You want to make sure that students have permission to view the discussion boards. If you have modified permissions at the Forum level and already created Topics, I recommend modifying both the Forum Settings and the Topic Settings. In the Permissions section, change Student role to “Contributor.” You can verify what permissions each role and/or group has if you click on the Customize button. Typically if you want a discussion board to be available to all students, the Student role and the section rosters are listed as Customizable. Feel free to submit a help request at help.unc.edu if you need additional assistance. Thanks!