An easier way to grade multiple choice exams

What is Akindi?

Akindi is a web-based assessment system that automates the creation and grading of multiple-choice exams. As an instructor, you can grade these exams using any sheet of paper and any scanner, putting you in control of the process.

Akindi is the new central tool for campus and will replace the existing Scantron exam processing service. Where you once used Scantron for multiple choice assessments, you can now use Akindi!

How it works

create and print

After you've created and named a new test or exam, you're ready to download Akindi's Bubble Sheet template. Customize the template to suit your needs and print as many copies as you need for your students (plus one for your answer sheet!).

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Fill out the correct answers on your answer sheet (online or printed version) entering '0000' as the student ID to indicate it's the answer key. Now batch scan completed answer sheets into one file. 

upload

Once the sheets have been scanned into a single PDF file, you can upload or email the file. That's it. 

Now just wait for the results and analytics to appear. 

 

A better experience

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Convenience

Grade exams when you need to, from any scanner or copier.

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Save time

No more scanning appointments and no commuting across campus to scan answer sheets. 

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Excellent support

Expert advice and answers directly from the Akindi Team.

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LEARN integration

Securely share class rosters and grades between applications.

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Actionable data

View results and identify gaps in understanding.

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Immediate feedback

Provide students with corrected sheets to show them where they can improve.

 
 

Get started!

Training resources

  1. Getting Started with LEARN (Brightspace) Guide (Akindi web page)
  2. Akindi-Brightspace pre-recorded webinar
  3. Sign-up for individual training sessions with Christa from Akindi via meet.intercom.com/christa/30min

 If you still have questions afterwards, please contact the IST Service Desk.

Accessing Akindi

  1. Ensure your course has been created in LEARN
  2. Integrate Akindi with your course on LEARN
  3. Launch Akindi!

Launch Akindi now

 

New features

Akindi's Student Portal

Now available

Waterloo instructors now have access to Akindi's Student Portal, which allows students to access their Akindi assessments from the 'Launch Akindi' link in the LEARN course shell. 

Learn more

Here is a short video outlining how it works

Benefits of Akindi's Student Portal

  • Make assessments even more secure. We will authenticate users through the D2L course shell and ensure that a link cannot be opened from any other location.

  • Improve the student's test-taking experience. Students will see all of their assessments in a single location and ensure they never lose an assessment email-link.

 

 

Automatic question importing

Your time is valuable, so Akindi allows you to upload your existing word document and import your test questions in seconds. Akindi will automatically identify questions and display questions one at a time to students.

New and improved auto-submission

Akindi's autosubmission is even more reliable! This improvement means student responses will be captured even if their browser crashes or internet disconnects.

 

Online & Hybrid

Akindi Online allows you to quickly and easily setup assessments, adjust time limits for students with accommodations and monitor student’s progress throughout the assessment.

Akindi Online simplifies hybrid testing by allowing you to have some students write the assessment in-person, while others write online.

Kuder-Richardson Formula 20 (KR-20)

Continuing our commitment to providing instructors with actionable data and insights, we’ve introduced the Kuder-Richardson Formula 20 (KR-20) to Akindi results. 

KR-20 provides a measure of internal consistency for an assessment with dichotomous choices. 

 

Set time limits for online assessments

When creating your online assessment, set a time limit for the assessment. The students will have to complete the assessment within the allotted time.

set time limits for online assessments

 

Customize online assessments for select students

To accommodate students that require different assessment time limits or deadlines, customize assessments for select students. From the 'Class Roster' tab, select the desired student(s), click the 'Actions' dropdown and select 'Email Students Online Assessment'.

You can customize the time limit, the activation date, and deadline for those student(s).

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Akindi Online

Instructors now have the option to email an Akindi bubble sheet to their class roster, no printing or scanning required! Each student receives a unique, secure email link that they'll use to access and complete the Akindi bubble sheet. 

Instructors are required to post or email the assessment questions to students separately.

Note: A future enhancement will allow instructors to also upload and share assessment questions via email.

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Alpha-sorting corrected test sheets

When instructors click "Download Corrected Test Sheets", Akindi will now provide the options to:

  • Download a single PDF containing all the test sheets or a separate PDF for each test sheet
  • Show or hide the correct answers
  • Sort by Student ID, first name, or last name

download and sort corrected sheets

 

Student Report feature

A 'Report' column has been added to the 'Responses' tab when viewing the results, which will allow instructors to pull up an individualized student report that features their grade and corrected test sheet. 

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student report page

 

W Store printing and scanning services

While Akindi allows users to print and scan their assessment bubble sheets from any printer or scanner, instructors may prefer to use the printing and scanning services provided by W Print.

Visit the W Print web page and select the Print Services for Faculty & Staff tab for more information, https://wstore.uwaterloo.ca/wprint.

W Print

 

Notes

  • A Unit4 account number and delivery address must be emailed to kaertel@uwaterloo.ca or added to the Additional comments for the Print Shop box (in Akindi) before assessments will be printed. We are working to have these fields added to the print shop submission page. 
  • If W Print did not print your assessments, but you would like them to scan the completed assessments, please ensure you are able to provide a Unit4 account number. Invoicing must be arranged before assessments will be scanned. 
  • Please submit requests 3-4 days in advance, when possible.

We want to hear from you

tell us what you think!

Are you an early adopter of Akindi? Do you have comments, questions or feedback about the new tool?

Use our feedback form to let us know!

Support

Browse the Akindi Help Centre

Questions about how to use Akindi, assessment creation, work flows

contact learn help

Questions about integrating Akindi with LEARN, how assessment information is transferred into LEARN

Contact the IST Service Desk

Questions about physical printing/scanning equipment, additional support

 
 

Akindi underwent an Information Risk Assessment and penetration test, and the tool was approved for use by the University Privacy Officer and Director, Information Security Services.