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!
The full roll out of Akindi will take place during the fall 2019 and winter 2020 terms. See the tentative timeline below for more information.
How it works
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!).
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.
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
Grade exams when you need to, from any scanner or copier.
No more scanning appointments and no commuting across campus to scan answer sheets.
Expert advice and answers directly from the Akindi Team.
Securely share class rosters and grades between applications.
View results and identify gaps in understanding.
Provide students with corrected sheets to show them where they can improve.
Implementation timeline (tentative)
September to October
A group of pilot users will have the option of using Akindi to administer and grade fall term tests and final exams.
Optional use period
October to December
Instructors will have the option of using Akindi to administer and grade tests and exams throughout the fall 2019 term.
Instructors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Akindi during this time.
Official move to Akindi
Winter term 2020
Akindi will become the centrally supported multiple-choice exam processing service. Scantron will no longer be available for use. Date to be confirmed.
- Getting Started with LEARN (Brightspace) Guide (Akindi web page)
- Akindi-Brightspace pre-recorded webinar
If you still have questions afterwards, please contact the IST Service Desk.
- Ensure your course has been created in LEARN
- Integrate Akindi with your course on LEARN
- Launch Akindi!
Akindi training sessions
Akindi 101: Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook.
Tuesday, January 14 from 9:30 -10:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 23 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
(additional sessions to be scheduled)
How to attend
Join us in the Davis Centre (DC)
January 14, DC 1302
January 23, DC 1304
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.
- A Unit4 account number and delivery address must be emailed to email@example.com 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.
We want to hear from you
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!
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.