Time limits will be imposed on all online Semester Two tests and exams up to September 20th.
This arrangement is different from Semester One, which allowed students to complete their tests and exams online within a 24 hour period.
Under university guidelines, Semester Two online tests would start as stated on the course syllabus and would include a time limit. While most tests are scheduled to start after 1pm, some courses would have different start times to accommodate students at different time zones.
The university has said this does not mean students in these courses would have more time to complete the tests, and the tests would be set to ensure they can “complete the set tasks within the time available”.
Auckland University Student Association (AUSA) Acting President Emma Rogers said the university is not recommending the 24-hour period because it was first used to cater for the assessments of all students during the first lockdown, as some need to move overseas, which left the university no time to prepare.
“All off-shore students are now accounted for with their own learning plan, and unlike the first lockdown the university had somewhat planned for this.”
While Rogers does not think that the 24-hour time periods were removed because of academic misconduct, she believes the university will focus on testing in a way to prevent that from happening.
She also said AUSA are in constant talks with Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) John Morrow and the university on the arrangement for the rest of the semester’s assessments.
Although New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 on Monday, online learning would continue until the end of the mid-semester break on September 21st.
Under Alert Level 2, only those who have activities that need to be done on campus can access the campus, but they are required to record their movements using the NZ COVID Tracer App or the Check-IN attendance record service.
Residents of student accommodation are allowed to return to their halls and flats, and the Recreation Centre would also operate under Alert Level 2. Students could also pick up books from the library using click and collect services.
Health and Counselling Services, Munchy Mart, and UBIQ would continue their service under Level 2 as they were under Level 3.