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DS-Exams

Information For Users Of The Service Catalogue

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The DS-Exams service is provided on the Managed Cluster Service (MS Windows platform only). This service is primarily used for students taking examinations with adjustments (i.e. those students authorised by the Board of Examinations to use a computer rather than writing their examination answers by hand), however it can be deployed onto any Managed Cluster Service Workstation running MS Windows and used by students who do not have any specialist requirements.

The DS-Exams service consists of three main components:

  1. The use of UIS dedicated classroom facilities which provide up to 80 seats within the Titan Teaching Rooms and 25 seats in Phoenix Training Room 1 on the New Museums Site (City Centre)
  2. Delivery of examinations with adjustments is via an in-house developed UIS examinations application. The application incorporates MS Word, an individual Word document template for each candidate with any special requirements (fonts, visibility aids, colours), and no internet access. The DS-Exams system on the Managed Cluster Service uses locked-down user examination profiles that automatically save all document changes on a two-minute schedule to dedicated centralised examination file servers.
  3. An Invigilator administration portal, which uses delegated permissions for accessing various components of the DS-Exams service.

For Use by an Institution

The Board of Examinations must approve authorisation to use the DS-Exams Service.

Email examarrangements@admin.cam.ac.uk to obtain the required authorisation.

Proof of this authorisation along with a Purchase Order for the use of the DS-Exams service for the academic year must be sent via email to ds-exams@uis.cam.ac.uk.

Once authorisation and purchase order have been received and confirmed by UIS, you will need to email ds-exams@uis.cam.ac.uk with the required IDs of the university staff who will be configuring your institution examinations so they can be granted permissions to the self-service administration portal for the DS-Exams system to setup your institution and examinations accordingly.

Features and Benefits

Features & Benefits 

* secure computing environment

* customised Word template for each student's needs

* frequent automatic file saves to fileserver

* ability to remove and restore part-completed exam scripts elsewhere if student falls ill during exam

* ability to provide printed output of examination answers

* archive of all scripts

 

How Much Does It Cost?

How much does it cost? 

For the academic year 2018/2019 the annual cost of usage is £500 per Managed Cluster Service site.

How Do I Get This Service?

How do I get this service? 

To use the DS-Exams service a site must already be a customer of the Managed Cluster Service.

The Board of Examinations must approve authorisation to use the DS-Exams Service.
Email examarrangements@admin.cam.ac.uk to obtain the required authorisation.
Proof of this authorisation along with a Purchase Order for the use of the DS-Exams service for the academic year must be sent via email to DS-Exams@uis.cam.ac.uk
Once authorisation and purchase order have been received and confirmed by UIS, you will need to email DS-Exams@uis.cam.ac.uk with the required IDs of the university staff who will be configuring your institution examinations so they can be granted permissions to the self-service administration portal for the DS-Exams system to setup your institution and examinations accordingly.

For further information or to report any issues, please contact the UIS Service Desk

How Quickly Can I Get This Service?

How quickly can I get this service? 

At least one month is needed in order to secure room booking availability and allow time to train any local staff.

Support Details & Contact Information

Support Details & Contact Information 

In the first instance email servicedesk@uis.cam.ac.uk

Available Service Hours

When is this service available? 

This service is only available by prior arrangement with those staff responsible for students' examinations, including liaison with Board of Examinations and room bookings.

Supported Service Hours

Supported Service Hours 

The service is supported:

Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 5pm

(excluding UK Bank Holidays and University closures)

(for contact details, see Support Details and Contact Information)

 

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