Passwords: Power Play!
Here’s a short script for you to read:
scene 1: The teacher sets a proctor password for an exam.
scene 2: The teacher shares the exam password with enrolled students.
(offstage) : A student is transferred into the course.
scene 3: The transfer student gets to the same exam.
scene 4: The teacher issues a new proctor password. [teacher moaning and groaning heard offstage]
(offstage): A new student is now enrolled into the course.
scene 5: The new student gets to that same exam.
scene 6: The teacher needs to issue yet another new password. [recurring moaning and groaning offstage]
Does this sound familiar?
Beginning tomorrow this script will be rewritten.
The Educator team has programmed a new Global Exam Password feature.
This means that teachers will now be empowered to add an exam password that WILL STICK for all existing students, including those who enter the course AFTER you have set the exam password! That’s right! The same password can be retained without change.
This should save you time and help you manage your classrooms more efficiently. What do you think?
You must manually enter the Global Exam Password for each exam.
To get to the Global Exam Password setting you first navigate to the exams in your Educator course.
It is surely a best practice to setup a unique password for EACH individual exam. While you could certainly set the same password for every exam, it would really defeat the purpose of having a password, right? To simplify … if there are 10 exams in your course, you should create 10 unique passwords.
Enter your choice of a unique password for this particular exam. There is one more thing of GREAT importance that you will need to do to set this password. You will need to save that new password by clicking the Format Exam button as highlighted here:
If all went well, you will get the make-you-smile thank you message.
The Global Exam Password that you set takes precedence over any other passwords. Once you have successfully entered your password, it will go into effect immediately. Any students who have an “old” password that was sent previously will need to get this new one. Remember … this new password is what ALL students will need in order to gain entrance to the exam from this point forward.
PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE:
This GLOBAL PASSWORD will take precedence over ALL other passwords, specifically any proctor password.
As a best practice, it would be a good idea to give yourself a reminder.
You might want to do this once or twice a year. Do what? Change those passwords! You probably wouldn’t want a student from last year (or “semester”) sharing passwords with all current students. Just remember that whenever you do change that password, you also need to inform current students.
This choice is entirely optional for you.
MUST you set a Global Exam Password? No.
CAN you keep changing proctor passwords like before? Yes.
So, what will YOU do?