[teknoids] Bar exams banning Macs with Touch Bar

Wondracek, Jennifer Jennifer.Wondracek at untdallas.edu
Wed Feb 1 11:25:57 EST 2017

We have midterms (the majority of our classes), just around the corner.  Our Exam Task Force has already decided that we will be sending an announcement to the students that 1) All TBM users will be required to see IT so that we can verify that their touch bar is disabled before exam week.  2) Every TBM user will need to complete an affidavit in class before taking the exam that states that they have turned off the TB, will not reactivate it, and that they understand that use of the TB would be a violation of the honor code.  3) We have 20 checkout laptops for those who want to avoid the hassle. (unofficial language)

We are assuming (hoping?) that we will only have a handful of the TBMs wandering around.


Jennifer L. Wondracek
Director of Legal Educational Technology
& Professor of Practice
UNT Dallas College of Law
Jennifer.Wondracek at untdallas.edu<mailto:Jennifer.Wondracek at untdallas.edu>
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From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Covey, Chad
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:32 PM
To: teknoids at lists.teknoids.net
Subject: [teknoids] Bar exams banning Macs with Touch Bar

A number of states that use ExamSoft for their bar exams are either banning Touch Bar Macs entirely, or are requiring users to disable it.  All the information we've been able to find seems restricted to bar exams, not sure how this applies to regular law school exams.

Here's an unexpected drawback of Apple's latest flagship laptops<https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/02/macbook-pro-2016-mini-review/>: law students in several states are being asked to disable the Touch Bar<http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/01/30/north-carolina-requires-test-takers-disable-macbook-pro-touch-bar-for-bar-exam> on their new MacBook Pros, or leave them at home entirely, if they plan to use the machines when they take the bar exam in February. According to an announcement<http://support.examsoft.com/h/i/323482095-disabling-the-touch-bar-on-macbook-pro> from testing software company ExamSoft, the Touch Bar's predictive text feature could compromise "exam integrity."



Chad Covey
Law IT Manager
University of New Mexico School of Law
1117 Stanford NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
covey at law.unm.edu<mailto:covey at law.unm.edu>
(505) 277 0695

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