What is happening? In November 2018, the Exam Management, Assessment and Processing Evaluation project team began investigations into the replacement of the existing exam scanning service, Scantron. The committee is pleased to announce the request for proposal (RFP) has been awarded to Akindi Inc.
About Akindi:Akindi is a web-based assessment system that automates the creation and grading of multiple-choice exams. This tool allows clients to use any scanner and sheet of paper, offering a low cost of ownership by eliminating the need for costly equipment, supplies and dedicated staff resources, while facilitating the use and accessibility of the exam scanning service across campus.
What our clients will receive
The new exam processing service will provide:
A user-friendly interface designed with faculty and instructional team members in mind.
Excellent support, with extended hours available during exam periods.
Seamless integration into existing workflows. Where you once used Scantron you can now use Akindi.
The ability for clients to assess exam results when they want, where they want.
Actionable data that can be used to immediately identify gaps in understanding and provide feedback to students.
When is this happening?Optional use of the service will begin September 23 and continue through the fall term. Instructions on integrating Akindi with a course in LEARN will be available from both the LEARN Help and Akindi websites by this date. During the winter 2020 term (date to be confirmed), Akindi will become the centrally supported multiple-choice exam processing service. Scantron will no longer be available for use.
Important note regarding Crowdmark MC: As part of this implementation, Crowdmark Multiple Choice (MC) is no longer available for use and clients are encouraged to transition to Akindi immediately. If you have already planned a fall-term assessment using Crowdmark MC, please contact Matt Harford (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss options for use this term.
What is happening? Use of the @edu.uwaterloo.ca student email domain will be discontinued. Student email domains will return to the @uwaterloo.ca domain.
Why is this happening? The recommendation to move students and employees to a single email domain (i.e. email@example.com) was an outcome of a review of the current email environment that was conducted as part of the project to investigate moving Waterloo employee email to the Office 365 cloud environment.
What is the impact? All Waterloo students and employees will use the @uwaterloo.ca email domain.
What are the benefits? A common email domain will allow for:
Improved collaboration between students and employees using Office 365 apps
Simplified troubleshooting and support processes
Clarification and simplification of login processes for systems used by both students and employees (e.g. LEARN, Quest)
When is this change taking place? The change is tentatively scheduled to take place in April 2020.
What is happening? Exchange servers are being removed from service for maintenance/updates. Individual servers will be taken out of service between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. each night throughout the maintenance period.
When is it happening? Thursday, September 12 to Friday, September 27 - between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. each night.
Why is it happening? To keep the software current with vendor-provided updates.
Who will it impact? Users that are actively connected to a server when it is removed for maintenance may be prompted to enter their username and password. Outlook may also alert about being redirected to autodiscover.uwaterloo.ca. This is normal behavior and the user should click 'Allow' when this happens. No other impact is anticipated as the remaining servers will continue to carry out email and calendar functions.