General course and examination types at the TUW
This page is intended to serve as a guide for teachers for the implementation of future-oriented courses at TU Vienna. Recommendations and standards for digital teaching at the TU Vienna are formulated.
Basically, courses can be differentiated into examination-immanent and non-examination-immanent LVAs.
In the case of examination-immanent LVAs, partial performances are to be made in the course of the semester, which then result in an overall assessment.
Non-examination-immanent LVAs conclude with an examination at the end of the semester or in the following semester.
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For information on LVA assessments and exam feedback, visit the corresponding homepage under Teaching at the TUW- LVA Assessment
Types of courses
The TU Vienna sees itself as a face-to-face university of the future and therefore promotes every form of holding a course. In this way, teaching can be tailored to the needs and requirements of the students and interactive and practice-oriented teaching can be made possible. The format in which a course is held refers to the form in which the majority of the course is held.
The format of the course must be specified in the course announcement in TISS as a mandatory field before the start of the semester. This is a drop-down selection.
A differentiation is made between four basic formats:
The four delivery formats of courses
Delivery formats for examinations
In principle, examinations can be held in all possible formats.
The following should be noted in general:
- Examination dates must be announced in TISS at the beginning of the semester. The examination modalities and assessment criteria must be communicated transparently via the course page in TISS before the start of the course, as well as the planned format of the examination.
- In any case, special attention should be paid to clear and early communication to students.
- Electronically assisted examinations offer an opportunity to increase student examination activity and save resources and teacher time. However, students may find themselves in a situation that is new and unfamiliar to them and may be correspondingly unsettled. Therefore, it is important to inform them about the process early on and explain the tools to be used to them in advance. Delays due to identity checks and setting up the examination environment must also be taken into account in the planning.
- For exam-specific questions (e.g.: use of aids), please contact the relevant institute.
- The format of the examination of a course may differ from the delivery format and must be stated separately in the course description.
The examination formats at TUW
General questions about exams
1. In the first step, the master data is entered (course administration, search for course and click on 'Execution/ Examination').
- Select the menu item 'Create examination'.
- To enter the master data, complete the necessary points (marked with *) and then click on Save master data.
! It is especially important to check the semester of the subject matter or to adapt it to the desired semester of the subject matter !
- Entering the master data for an examination date
- After saving the master data, the additional input options are activated. 2.
2. select examiner or assistant
If the examiners and, if necessary, the assistants are selected here, they will be available for selection when grading and the examination date will appear in the TISS calendar with the assigned persons.
- Add lecturers or teaching assistants with the green plus, then click Save.
- Select examiner/assistant
3. edit/create appointment
Appointment editing is used for lecture hall reservation (see Help Overview Appointment Reservation) or also for the location description for the examination. Only when an appointment has been created (whether with or without lecture hall reservation) is it possible to set up examination slots.
- Appointment selection (important for the creation of slots)
4. optional: creation of slots
When setting up examination slots, students can register for an examination at a specific time (slot), thus no manual allocation is necessary. The number of persons per slot, the duration of the slot and, if desired, the specification of a break slot are necessary entries.
- Activation of slots
After clicking on Create, the slot allocation is displayed. The number of participants can be changed separately for each slot. Slots can be deleted or created again; the number of participants can also be changed here. The total number for the exam registration restriction is automatically adjusted. If a mistake is made, all slots can be deleted and created again.
- Editing slots
In order to create more slots (without changing the duration), the appointment must first be extended by the corresponding time units. The additionally created slots are displayed and can then be activated (click on 'Create').
5. optional: creation of a whitelist
Either only students on the whitelist (can be imported as CSV) are allowed to register for exams or students on the whitelist are excluded from the admission requirements. The admission requirements for the course are defined at the time of course registration and refer to the text of the course regulations.
- Creating a whitelist
The room reservation mask in TISS also contains a corresponding field to store the format of the holding for dates.
General questions about online exams
If technical problems occur over a longer period of time (e.g. poor connection or connection failure) during the examination and are beyond the student's control, the examination is either to be cancelled and this is not to be counted towards the permissible number of examination attempts, or, if the interruption is only of short duration, to be continued. In the case of a continuation, the last question asked must be replaced if it has not yet been answered.
Any disruptions in the course of an online examination must be recorded in the examination protocol according to the type, scope and duration of the disruption.
Details can be found in the Online Examinations Policy under §6., opens an external URL in a new window
The TU Vienna recommends TUWEL, opens an external URL in a new window, opens an external URL in a new window (TU Wien E-Learning), the learning management system based on the open source software Moodle, as the central tool for handling electronically supported examinations. With this platform it is possible to process versatile tasks in the area of face-to-face teaching, online examinations and hybrid as well as blended learning formats.
Written online examinations can take place asynchronously, independent of location (students can work on their seminar papers or examination assignments flexibly from their own terminal device), as well as synchronously on campus in the specified examination rooms.
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