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!

Implementation

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

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.

 
 

Implementation timeline (tentative)

Early adoption

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. 

 

Get started!

Training resources

  1. Getting Started with LEARN (Brightspace) Guide (Akindi web page)
  2. Akindi-Brightspace pre-recorded webinar

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

Accessing Akindi

Launch Akindi now

Follow these steps to integrate Akindi with your course on LEARN.

 

Akindi training sessions

What

Akindi 101: Learn how to create and edit tests in Akindi, print and scan test sheets, and send grades directly to your LEARN gradebook. 

When 

Thursday, October 29 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

(additional sessions to be scheduled)

 
 

How to attend

In person

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Join us in the Davis Centre (DC), room 1304

Register at 

https://uwaterloo.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=3562

Online

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Join the Zoom meeting and learn from your home or office

Connect via

https://zoom.us/j/367581168 (link will not be 'active' until closer to meeting date and time)

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.

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Note: 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. 

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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!

Akindi support

Browse the Akindi Help Centre

Contact the IST Service Desk