As Andrew says, I think some of this moving of files would trouble quite a few of our teachers, could get quite confusing. Although probably something we could support them through.
Alternatively, perhaps you could ensure that the students save files following a particular naming convention and then you could run a batch file to collect the files called "Exam Piece Music [candidate number].doc" from all the folders, and transfer them somewhere for the teachers to pick up. Once the script is written, you would just need double-click on it once a year.
I could be over-simplifying this, though. It could be that something which would be acceptable in a small school like this one would take too long in larger schools with more candidates...
Has anyone been in touch with the exam boards to ask how they would suggest this issue is controlled? Surely they've thought of how their demands will be implemented by schools?
They might come up with all these "bright ideas", but probably haven't considered the impact it will actually have down on the ground.
bossman (21st October 2009)
Whereas controlled coursework has to fit in and around other lessons, goes on for longer and so can't have the same level of intense cockup-prevention monitoring applied to it (from my perspective - there aren't enough hours in the day as it is). In addition, with the exception of the above subjects, the majority of our teachers are complete noobs to computer-based assessment.
My concern is that the provision of alternate accounts / methods may be too onerous for certain teachers to use, leading to a reluctance to let kids use computer-based resources for coursework. That's what I need to fix before it becomes a problem.
We are having the same issue. We are looking at the same solution: get the teachers to control the enable/disable of accounts. The down side is that they could need a separate account per subject. You can't use AD's logon hours restriction because, if like us your lessons are 45 mins long, you will have an overlap between it being enabled/disabled. I will be contacting QCA to see if they have any thoughts.
I am interested in this also.
We simply do not have the facilities to cater for these tests and we have 900 PC's for 1400 students. All of our suites tend to be timetabled for lessons as we are a sixth form college and do a lot of vocational courses.
I don't mind creating additonal accounts etc - but we have facilities such as gaining access to your MyDocuments from home that will need to be disabled!
I think in theory in sounds easy to setup but as every school is different I would very much doubt an exam board will come up with a solution as it will suit some schools more so than others.
I forgot to add - the LMT fancied banks of netbooks for use with the controlled tests, but I am not too keen as we will ultimately have to support them. I've drawn up a list of Pro's and Con's and I think I have 2 cons for every pro.
How's the issue of controlled coursework progressed this term?
Just had a brainstorming session with the History dept about this and our conclusion was there are so many exploitable holes it's not even funny....
Vandalise a few Wikipedia pages the night before, pasting disconnected notes for your coursework, (maybe rot13'd to prevent plagurism software parsing it as you copying wikipedia) and then use the "view previous version" option on Wikipedia to grab your notes.
One of our applied Business exams is a bit like this.
I time restricted/computer restricted the locked down accounts and then they had a week to do it during set times.
I can't begin to explain how much of a pain it is/was especially when people are off sick! The best recomendation is to change exam board to one where you don't have to do it. (I think we may be looking at that!)
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