[teknoids] Exams and e-books

Wondracek, Jenny jwondracek at law.capital.edu
Mon Nov 22 12:50:52 EST 2021

We have struggled with this at both my current and my previous school. What I generally recommend is that the faculty address it in advance at the beginning of the semester so that students understand what they may give up with an e-book. It usually comes down to the professor or the school not being comfortable with an open hard drive and requiring print materials for open book exams.

This is actually going to become more and more of an issue, though, I think. Wolters Kluwer is trying to get schools to pay for their textbooks in e-format for the students. One of the first questions I asked was how will it work with the exam software, and they had no answer.


Jennifer L. Wondracek
Director of the Law Library
Professor of Legal Research & Writing
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad St. ‖ Columbus, Ohio 43215
jwondracek at law.capital.edu<mailto:jwondracek at law.capital.edu> ‖ (614) 236-6448
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From: Teknoids <teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net> On Behalf Of Kristin McCarthy
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2021 12:32 PM
To: teknoids at lists.teknoids.net
Subject: [teknoids] Exams and e-books

Hi all -

Has anyone been facing challenges with e-books for open book exams?  Any good solutions?  We are generally using ExamSoft, and for those classes with e-books, we are using the semi-secure mode i.e. students can't access the internet but can have the e-book as a pdf on their desktop.  I have heard that annotations don't accompany the download for some vendors (in some classes permission has been given to make notes in margins), and worry about proctoring in semi-secure mode (because students could have a variety of files on their desktop).

In some ways, this may be more a policy question than a tech question!  But as e-books are becoming more ubiquitous, I'm curious if anyone has some creative ways of approaching this.

Kristin McCarthy

Director of the Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law

Interim Director of Instructional Technology


154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
T 617.422.7418

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kmccarthy at nesl.edu<mailto:kmccarthy at nesl.edu>


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