Spring 2020 Final Examinations Delivery Formats:
All in-person final examinations for the week of April 14-20, 2020 have been cancelled due to the campus closures as a result of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, developments in the Cayman Islands. However, final examinations will still take place during this period, through a variety of assessment formats guided by academic discipline and faculty expertise.
In some instances, a final examination is the only option, and we have been working closely with faculty members to assess online solutions that are fair and flexible, accommodate the needs of all students, and are sensitive to privacy concerns of our students.
We know that COVID-19 has created new and unexpected challenges. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Spring 2020 final examinations will be delivered using one of the following methods:
- A timed, online Blackboard exam.
- An alternative assignment, with a specific due date.
- A take home exam, with a specific due date.
- An oral, online presentation.
- An oral, online exam.
IMPORTANT: If you will be taking your final examinations via a mobile device, please update your Blackboard mobile application to its latest version.
Courses previously structured to base final grades on a combination of coursework, mid-term exams and project-based learning will retain their normal format.
Some courses will receive an incomplete grade based on the nature of the course (i.e. Nursing Practicums, Social Work Practicums, International Business Practicums, internships and independent studies).
Finally, some courses have readjusted/removed the weighting of final examinations to reflect what is known as continuous assessment. This means these courses will not have final examinations and instead, student coursework and their mid-term exams will comprise the overall grade.
It is important to note that under ‘normal’ conditions, many of these courses final assessments would have been conducted in a similar manner, especially those with practical work, internship hours, performance-based and oral presentations.
Important reminders regarding final examinations:
- Be sure to make note of the exact time of your exam(s) listed on the exam schedule.
- Students should email the university at email@example.com if any of the following apply to them:
- There is a need to reschedule final examination(s) due to: Medical Emergencies, Family Emergencies or Work Related Mandates. A completed and signed Final Examination Absent Form and official supporting documentation must be submitted.
- If you have one (1) or more exam clashes. A completed Final Examination Clash Form must be submitted.
- If you have three or more exams in one day. The Final Examination Clash Form is also used for reporting this occurrence.
The Office of Student Life is reminding all students with a documented need for special accommodations for final exams to ensure that they have contacted a university representative at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than noon, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 to ensure that accommodations are confirmed prior to the start of the final examination period on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Notes for Online Examinations:
- For exams that will be facilitated online, through Blackboard, ensure that you test your network connection and have prepared yourself at least 15 minutes before the start of your exam(s).
- Please be advised that you will need to login to Blackboard for your timed exam. Ensure that you have your login credentials (username and password) ready to access the learning management system.
- If you will be taking your final examinations via a mobile device, please update your Blackboard mobile application to its latest version.
- Supported Web browsers for tests/exams:
- Firefox from Mozilla
- Chrome from Google
- Safari from Apple (provided it’s updated and tied to iOS operating system)
IMPORTANT: Microsoft EDGE and Internet Explorer may experience difficulties. Please ensure that you download Firefox, Chrome, and/or Safari to ensure that your examination experience goes as smoothly as possible.
Final Exam FAQs
The expectation is that students will remain available during their originally scheduled in-person exam timeslots, so that the faculty can aim to facilitate online replacement exams/assignments to take place during on those dates/times.
Your faculty has determined the best way to assess your learning and to calculate your final grade which can vary based upon the course, programme of study and expected learning outcomes. Faculty will be using a variety of methods to conduct final exams and administer final grades for each student. You will receive information from your faculty member regarding how this will happen in each of your courses by Thursday, April 2, 2020. If you have questions, please feel free to send a note to email@example.com.
Final grade assessments will cumulatively assess attainment prior to the campus closure on March 16th and grades earned through the final exam. Faculty and chairs will review each student grade to determine a final grade. In some cases, students were not able to complete all the coursework that was required through an online platform. Some of these examples include internships or practicums. When this is determined to be the case, the faculty will issue an incomplete grade and the students will be asked to follow a plan to complete their course requirements to earn a final grade.
The Office of Student Life recommends that students take a proactive approach to learning/testing accommodations in their classes. Be reminded that all students with a documented need for special accommodations for final exams ensure that they have contacted a Student Life representative at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than noon Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
This will ensure that accommodations are confirmed prior to the start of the final examination period on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Once students have been confirmed as needing special accommodations, the Office of the Registrar will reach out directly to the student to communicate how the online exam will be provided and will inform them of their individualised exam time with accommodations.
Office of the Registrar
Last Updated: April 3, 2020