Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil
Pepperdine Law

Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

On 12/14/2011 1:56 PM, Bohl, Phillip C. wrote:
> Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share
> regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft?
> Waivers?

Our flat policy is that no University-owned equipment is allowed to be
used in the taking of exams. We don't even loan out power adapters for
this purpose--if you forget your adapter, you're SOL. While it is true
that we don't have enough equipment to loan, the primary reason is that
we don't want students to have the excuse of "I'd have aced the exam,
but the IT department gave me a POS [insert hardware] for my exam!" We
avoid that by making them use their own POS, assuming full
responsibility for it.

There are only two exceptions to this policy, and both involve
accommodated ("ADA") exams. One is where the student's accommodation
involves the use of software that will not work satisfactorily in a
Softest Secured exam (screen reading software, f'rinstance). The other
is in the case of a student whose accommodation is a laptop, but the
professor does not allow laptop exams and will not allow the student to
use his or her own laptop. (We've had to do this three times.) In both
cases, we provide a "known clean" laptop for the exam taker.

James

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Network Administrator/Webmaster
The University of Oklahoma Law Center ITS
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He's even got a wiretap on your phone)

Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

I'll be the lone, apparently crazy, voice in the wilderness. We have a
pool of loaner laptops for exams. The students sign up in advance on a
first come, first serve basis. The pool of laptops has shrunk somewhat
from 25 to 21 due to failure. Most students use their own laptop but
some students don't have a laptop or prefer to use ours. We also provide
a laptop for ADA accommodations.

To betray my own biases, I thought this program was just asking for
trouble when I got to CSU. We also don't require anything to use the
exam software. No sign up, no pledge that they won't go crazy on us,
etc. We give them, repeatedly the information on how to download, how to
take practice exams, where to come for help, etc. I have witnessed
students downloading the software for the first time 5 minutes before
the exam. I nearly had a stroke but the students were fine. I admit that
I initially thought this was a nightmare waiting to happen. We have
shockingly few problems. If there is a problem that takes more than a
reboot--they are told to finish in a blue book. The biggest problem we
have is the wireless network being overloaded when nearly every exam
taker is trying to upload their exam at the same time. (Our hardware is
being replaced soon by the University.) I have also been thoroughly
impressed by how calm the students remain (for the most part) when there
is a problem.

We use Exam4. We had a few students this semester who had to borrow
because Exam4 stopped supporting Windows XP. Our system works well,
knock on wood.

Best,
Kris

Kristina L. Niedringhaus
Director of the Law Library and Assoc. Professor
C|M|LAW
216.687.3547

On 12/19/11 12:01 PM, James Callison wrote:
> On 12/14/2011 1:56 PM, Bohl, Phillip C. wrote:
>> Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share
>> regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft?
>> Waivers?
>
> Our flat policy is that no University-owned equipment is allowed to be
> used in the taking of exams. We don't even loan out power adapters for
> this purpose--if you forget your adapter, you're SOL. While it is true
> that we don't have enough equipment to loan, the primary reason is
> that we don't want students to have the excuse of "I'd have aced the
> exam, but the IT department gave me a POS [insert hardware] for my
> exam!" We avoid that by making them use their own POS, assuming full
> responsibility for it.
>
> There are only two exceptions to this policy, and both involve
> accommodated ("ADA") exams. One is where the student's accommodation
> involves the use of software that will not work satisfactorily in a
> Softest Secured exam (screen reading software, f'rinstance). The other
> is in the case of a student whose accommodation is a laptop, but the
> professor does not allow laptop exams and will not allow the student
> to use his or her own laptop. (We've had to do this three times.) In
> both cases, we provide a "known clean" laptop for the exam taker.
>
> James
>
> James P. Callison, MCP+I, MCSE
> Network Administrator/Webmaster
> The University of Oklahoma Law Center ITS
> callison@www.law.ou.edu
> You may think you sneak around and get away with something
> But there ain't no way
> 'Cause Santa's no fool, he's really super-cool
> He's the secret head of the CIA
> (Eeh, Ahh, Crime don't pay
> You can't do nothin' 'cause you're never alone,
> He's even got a wiretap on your phone)
> -- Ray Stevens, "Santa Claus Is Watching You"
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RE: Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy stateme

Hi Phil,

We setup our computer lab (15 computers) and another "lab" where we put 15
different 2nd hand computers for examsoft use during the exam season. We
don't loan laptops but students register to use a computer in the labs for
each final exam they use examsoft for. It operates on a "first requested
first served basis". So we have 30+ computers available for this service and
so far we have been able to satisfy all requests. The labs also worked well
in "emergency" situations like when a student comes to take an exam and find
her laptop is not working for one reason or another so she goes to the lab
and uses one of those computers. This system worked really good for us.

thanks

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statement?

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law
library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding
student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil

Pepperdine Law

RE: Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy stateme

Marquette's library has been lending laptops to students for a really long time and the Media & Tech group has a handful of loaners for faculty and staff. However, the laptops may not be used on electronic exams. Taking exams electronically is optional for both faculty and students. If a student has an ADA accommodation and can't provide a laptop we will prep one from the pool of faculty laptops and make it available to them.

Steve Nelson
stephen.nelson@marquette.edu
Marquette University Law School
Media & Technology Group
414.288.5534
414.213.9620 m
http://law.marquette.edu/jw/tech

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Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:56 PM
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Subject: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil
Pepperdine Law

Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Phil,

We don't have a policy here either, but we don't loan laptops for exams. One reason is that our loaner laptops are managed by the library and they have SteadyState installed and automatically reset on reboot. We do have a laptop room with 12 Dells hardwired to ethernet and secured to the table. The registrar's office manages sign-ups for those. We generally average 2-4 users per exam session in the laptop room.

Ben

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Subject: RE: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Marquette’s library has been lending laptops to students for a really long time and the Media & Tech group has a handful of loaners for faculty and staff. However, the laptops may not be used on electronic exams. Taking exams electronically is optional for both faculty and students. If a student has an ADA accommodation and can’t provide a laptop we will prep one from the pool of faculty laptops and make it available to them.

Steve Nelson
stephen.nelson@marquette.edu
Marquette University Law School
Media & Technology Group
414.288.5534
414.213.9620 m
http://law.marquette.edu/jw/tech

From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Bohl, Phillip C.
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:56 PM
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Subject: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil
Pepperdine Law

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Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

We don't loan or checkout laptops, but we do have a 15-seat e-classroom that is available ONLY for emergencies. Students are required to provide their own laptop computer for exams or hand-write. We define an emergency as a case where a student had met the requirement for taking a computer exam (provide their own adequate equipment) but experienced technical difficulties too close to the start of exams to remedy the situation on their own (meaning repair, replace, or borrow). The logic here is that with only 15 stations we could not fairly meet the demand if it were a first-come-first-served or lottery basis (too much work!). Emergency use is first-come-first-served, but so far we haven't come even close to filling the 15 seats.

In most cases it is pretty clear when someone qualifies to use the e-classroom, but if there is any question, it goes to our Registrar or Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. We had one student this semester request use of the e-classroom two weeks before exams, but that request was rejected because with two weeks notice they are pretty much disqualified by definition - they have time to self-remedy by repair, replace or borrow. We've had a few cases where they've outright said "this thing hasn't worked right all semester" when we asked them what their emergency was. That doesn't fly either.

You can buy a brand new laptop for $350 that is completely adequate to run Exam4 and would have that new computer reliability. I know it's not chump-change, but what student wouldn't quickly fork over the cash if you asked them, "Pssstt, buddy, for $350 i can guarantee to lower your exam stress level, help you concentrate 100% on the exam and only the exam, and almost totally eliminate the possibility of mid-exam computer disasters or similar stuff that will totally ruin your December and it's completely legal"?

So, looking at your question again, policy statement… no. But we outline what I said above (without the examples) in an email sent to students several time leading up to exams.

Michael
LSU Law

On Dec 14, 2011, at 1:56 PM, Bohl, Phillip C. wrote:

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil
Pepperdine Law

RE: Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy stateme

We use Exam4, but that doesn't really matter here...we do not loan laptops from the library or anywhere else for students to use during exams. Students may borrow a laptop from anywhere else, but we don't give them one, nor take any responsibility for its operation.

Jeff Whitcomb
Technology Services Manager
Cumberland School of Law - Samford University
205-726-4662
jmwhitco samford edu
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From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Bohl, Phillip C.
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:56 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil
Pepperdine Law

RE: Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy stateme

We, also, do not loan or rent laptops, nor do we provide any other equipment (e.g., student leaves the power cord at home). Students are responsible for securing a laptop if theirs has problems.

Jane

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Subject: RE: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

We use Exam4, but that doesn't really matter here...we do not loan laptops from the library or anywhere else for students to use during exams. Students may borrow a laptop from anywhere else, but we don't give them one, nor take any responsibility for its operation.

Jeff Whitcomb
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Cumberland School of Law - Samford University
205-726-4662
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From: teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces@ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Bohl, Phillip C.
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:56 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil
Pepperdine Law

Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

No written policy, but we checkout laptops all year round through an online equipment reservation system we developed in-house. For exams, we shut that system down for a few weeks and require students to sign up on sheets on our main IT office. We distribute the laptops from one of the two tech support tables I mentioned in a previous thread, making note of the equipment tag # for each laptop so we know who had which one for each exam...just in case there's a problem later.

Doug
Carolina Law

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On Dec 14, 2011, at 6:18 PM, "Jane Chang Bright" <jchang@law.usc.edu> wrote:

We, also, do not loan or rent laptops, nor do we provide any other equipment (e.g., student leaves the power cord at home). Students are responsible for securing a laptop if theirs has problems.

Jane

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Subject: RE: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

We use Exam4, but that doesn’t really matter here…we do not loan laptops from the library or anywhere else for students to use during exams. Students may borrow a laptop from anywhere else, but we don’t give them one, nor take any responsibility for its operation.

Jeff Whitcomb
Technology Services Manager
Cumberland School of Law - Samford University
205-726-4662
jmwhitco samford edu
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Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:56 PM
To: Teknoids
Subject: [teknoids] Loaner Laptops and Examsoft -- anyone have a policy statement?

Hi,

We are rolling out loaner laptops (yes, we're behind) through the law library next semester.

Does anyone have a policy statement they'd be willing to share regarding student use of an institution-owned machine for Examsoft? Waivers?

Thanks and Happy Merrry!

Phil
Pepperdine Law

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