Does MATLAB Grader support quizzes, exams, and other high stakes assessment?

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We frequently get asked for recommendations on how to use MATLAB Grader for examinations, and if we could share any tips or best practices. You might want to use MATLAB grader inside of your learning management system, or put together an exam for your course that is hosted on the free version of MATLAB Grader at grader.mathworks.com.

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Jeff Alderson
Jeff Alderson on 12 May 2020
Yes, you can use MATLAB Grader assessments for high stakes assessments such as quizzes and exams. It should work well for a variety of assessments based on grading MATLAB code to validate student mastery of MATLAB skills and/or academic topics.
Otherwise, there are two things that typically come up regarding exams that you may need ot consider.
Exam integrity. Instructors may want to use solutions in concert with their learning management system to protect the integrity of exam questions, and to reduce cheating. These tools sometimes referred to as “online proctoring” require configuration to let MATLAB Grade work successfully. We have written an article on the topic.
Exam scheduling. Instructors should use the features of MATLAB Grader (free version) or their LMS (integrated version) to restrict access to the exam questions during a specific time frame only. Each LMS does this restriction differently. In MATLAB Grader, you can enable this using the “Visible Date” and treat all problems in a single assignment as an exam. However, please note that MATLAB Grader will not be able to hide access to the problems once the exam is over. If that is required, the instructor should use their LMS.
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Jeff Alderson
Jeff Alderson on 12 May 2022
@David Marshall if you are using the LMS version of our product, absolutely. You should be able to configure your LMS-based course assignments to track which students have clicked on which assignments, including MATLAB Grader assignments. You can also set availabilty time windows at the assignment level. The policy settings you have available will be slightly different based on what vendor provides your LMS.
If you are using the hosted version of MATLAB Grader at grader.mathworks.com, then you will only be able to specify a specific two hour window for all students with a strict start and end time.
If you are not yet using the LMS-integrated version of MATLAB Grader, contact your account representative to get started today. Or open a customer support request, and we can help you get started.

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