Möbius Exams (new version of MapleTA)

Möbius Exams (new version of MapleTA)

Möbius is the new version of MapleTA. Although Möbius has a different name and a new look & feel, the functionalities are the same. There are however some new interesting features.
A bug in Möbius makes it impossible to uploading pictures using the regular way. Use this workaround to add pictures to a question.

Möbius is a web-based system for creating exams, tests, quizzes and assignments. It automatically assesses student responses. Möbius can be used for summative testing (exams) and for formative testing (exercises). This page focusses on summative testing. For more information about formative testing using Möbius, please follow this link.

Getting started

For summative testing Möbius offers the following types of Exams.

  1. Proctored exams are exams that are written in a secure environment in a computer room on campus, where students are monitored by invigilators. The Exam server of Möbius is used for these types of exams when on campus exams are allowed again.
  2. Online proctored exams are exams that written at home where the audio, video and screen of the student is recorded and later reviewed to see if any fraud has been committed. The Online -Exam server of Möbius is used for these types of exams. Möbius uses RPnow as an online proctoring agency. Watch this short video to see how RPnow works: https://youtu.be/9MV37qK2cmg. This video represents the process until 2:38 then the video switches to “Canvas” where TU Delft students will be redirected to Möbius.
  3. Unproctored or online exams are exams without any proctoring. The Online-Exam server of Möbius is used for these types of exams.

The DigitalExam Desk (digitalexams@tudelft.nl) can help you with:

  • Advising you on the process of online exams with or without an online proctoring system.
  • Getting access to Möbius.
  • Supporting you with the use of Möbius.
  • Setting up the final policies on your exam.
  • Adding your students to your Möbius class.
  • Monitoring the course of events during the exams.
  • Solving technical problems during exams in cooperation with the functional application manager.

Working with Möbius

If you want to make use of Möbius, the Digital Exams Desk will create 2 classes for you on the Möbius online-exam server. A Question Bank (also known as the Parent) and a Year Class (also known as the Child):

  1. Question Bank (parent class:)
    e.g. ‘IO2070-18 Design for Sustainability – Question Bank’ )
  2. Year Class (child class:)
    e.g. ‘IO2070 Design for Sustainability – 2019-2020’)

To keep it organized we advise you to create and manage your Questions in the Question Bank (parent Class) and create and manage the Assignments in the Year Class (Child class).

The questions you create in the Question Bank will then automatically appear the Year Class of this year but also in the Year classes of the coming years. This way you can reuse questions each year. By creating the Assignment in the Year class, the results of the students will only be visible in this class and not in classes of coming years.

DigitalEd – the developer of Möbius – has made many videos on:

  • Question creation
  • Authoring Assignments
  • Gradebook

You can find the videos about Question creation on the website of DigitalEd (scroll down).

Beware that TU Delft does not support the courseware functionalities (Lessons, Slideshows) of Möbius as we have Brightspace for this.
  • Always use Notepad if you want to paste text into Möbius while creating questions. Notepad removes all unnecessary codes.
  • After moving, importing or adding questions. Click on F5 to refresh the screen. This applies to more actions in Möbius.
  • It is not possible to delete a Grade item with Möbius results in Brightspace. So, once you have placed a Möbius link to an assignment on your Brightspace page, never delete it but adjust it.

Follow the steps below to grade the Assignment:

  1. Login to Möbius and go to the Year Class.
  2. Click on Gradebook and choose Class Grades in the menu-bar.
  3. Select the Assignment(s) you want to view or review.
  4. At Filter Results, choose the Filters:
      • List: Students with grades.
      • Results: All (Best).
      • Progress: All.

  5. Select which data that you want to see presented in the results list in the View Panel.
  6. Make sure you adjust the number of Rows to the number of students that may have
    taken the test.
We advise you not to select too many rows as the system will slow down.
  • If this is done, hit the Search button.
  • All students who have taken the test will be shown with their final scores:
  • Click on the title of the test to see the Manually grade this activity button.
  • Click on the Manually grade this activity button
  • You will now see this overview:
  1. A question/answers that is graded is green, a question/answer that is not graded is purple.
  2. Select this box if you want to give all students the same grade.
  3. Click on a row to see the question/answer on the right.
  4. Click on the edit-grade-icon to edit a grade and click on the floppy-disc-icon to save the grade.
Use a decimal point not a comma.
If you want to grant zero points, please enter a zero (0) and save. If you enter nothing then the system will regard the answer as Part Ungraded.

In Möbius it’s possible to Regrade your exam when you have made a mistake in the answering model. There are however some limitations:

  • You can only change the response area. Changing what is asked in the question or swapping out images will not work.
  • When changing answers in Matching, Multiple Choice, Sorting and Clickable image questions, you can only change which answer is the correct answer. It does not work to change the content of the answers.
    Example: If a Multiple Choice question with options a,b,c where b is correct is changed to a,c,b where now c is correct. The students that originally answered b (index 2) will still be considered as having the correct answer when regraded.
  • You cannot change existing algorithm variables. Changes in existing algorithm variables will not be recognized. The original state of the algorithm is used upon Regrading.

Follow the steps below to Regrade a question:

  1. Login to Möbius and go to the Question Bank Class.
  2. Click on content Content Repository in the top-menu.
  3. Click on Questions and open the question that you want to change.
  4. Change the response area in your question.
  5. After saving the correct answer, go back to home and click on the Year Class.
  6. Click on: Gradebook  and choose Class Grades in the menu-bar.
  7. Select the Assignment(s) you want to view or review Möbius.
  8. Select the Filters:
    • List: Students with grades
    • ResultsAll (Best)
    • Progress: All

  9. Select the data that you want to see presented in the results list.
  10. Make sure you adjust the number of Rows to the number of students that may have taken the test. We advise you not to select too many rows as the system will slow down.
  11. Click on the Search button.
  12. You will see a list of all the students
  13. Click on the grade of one student
  14. Scroll to the question you have changed (in this case Q3) and click on the regrade button.
  15. Now you will see an overview of what the new grade does in the column New Grade.
  16. If you want to save this change: select all students
  17. Click on Submit Grades, you have 2 options here:
    • Submit Selected Grades: Regrade all students.
    • Submit Selected Increased Grades: Only regrade students that will receive a better grade.
  18. If it is a large amount of students you want to change, the job will take longer and will be placed in the Gradebook under Regrade Jobs.
  19. This is an easy way to return to the job and see if it has been processed: click on Return
  20. And you’ll see the result:

You can export results of a test to a CSV document.

  1. Go to Gradebook and click on Class Grades.
  2. Select Assignments, make your selection and select Search
  3. Click Export to CSV.
Don’t forget to adjust the number of Rows to the number of students.
  • Open the CSV in Excel en select the first column, select the Data-tab on the Ribbon in Excel and click on Text to Columns.
  • Select Delimited in Step 1 of the Wizard and click Next.
  • Select Comma for Delimiters and none for Text qualifier and click Next.
  • Click Finish in Step 3 of the Wizard.
  • The result:
  • To generate a grade you must translate the final score to a grade yourself.

FAQ

General

You can use the commonly known types: open questions, multiple choice questions and numeric questions. This is the list of all question types in Möbius:

  • Clickable Image
  • Essay = Open question
  • Scanned Document
  • Free Body Diagram
  • HTML
  • List
  • Möbius-graded
  • Matching
  • Math App
  • Mathematical Formula
  • Multiple Choice
  • Numeric
  • Sketch
  • Sorting
  • True/False

You can find the videos about Question creation on the website of DigitalEd (scroll down).

Yes, you can set a maximum amount of words.

No, this is not possible. You can however split your exam questions per pages, entering them separately, and selecting the option that doesn’t allow students to move backwards. In case you opt for this, please do make sure you inform students about that restriction.

Yes, after the exam has taken place you can open the so-called Gradebook for each student to view. This is only possible if ALL questions have been graded. Even the questions that do not count for points.

You can randomize variables in a question (algorithmic code). You can randomize (shuffle) the answers of a question. And you can randomize your questions. For example: you can give 5 randomized questions from a group of 10 questions.

There are some new features in Möbius (update of Maple TA) that can be very useful.
Watch the video underneath to find out more. Underneath are topics discussed with the start time so that you do not have to watch the complete video .

  • Tour: the first time you log in you can take User Tour to help you to find your way in Möbius. (02:50)
  • Regrading: it is now possible to regrade questions. (03:20)
    There are some restrictions here (e.g. only the fields in the Response Area can be changed). Look at the video to find out more.
  • New workflow for grading: Grade the assessment per question in stead of per student. (25:40)
  • Policy sets: you can make a policy set that you can reuse on any assignment. (15:47)
  • Graphical interface for planning your assignments (17:48)
  • Syntax check (for students )on input field (20:20)
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A bug in Möbius makes it impossible to uploading pictures using the regular way. Use the workaround below to add pictures to a question.
  1. Cut the pictures from the Word (or other) file using the Snipping Tool and save it locally as a .png or .jpg. Do not use spaces in the name of the picture.
  2. Upload the pictures via: Content Repository > View Files
  3. Click on the square-arrow-icon on the right.
  4. Upload the pictures:

Formal Testing

Yes, Möbius offers both unproctored and proctored exams. Möbius uses RPnow for online proctored exams. To get a better understanding of how RPnow works, watch this short video: https://youtu.be/9MV37qK2cmg (This video represents the process until 2:38 then the video switches to “Canvas” TU Delft students will be redirected to Möbius.)

If you want an unproctored or proctored exam send an email to digitalexams@tudelft.nl.  They will help you with:

  • Advising you on the process of online exams with or without an online proctoring system.
  • Supporting you with the use of Möbius.
  • Setting up the final policies on your exam.
  • Adding your students to your Möbius class.
  • Monitoring the course of events during the exams.
  • Solving technical problems during exams in cooperation with the functional application manager.

The honour pledge is the first assignment that a student needs to “pass” in a session. Otherwise the student can’t start the (second) actual exam.

We don’t have the capacity at the moment to convert your questions to Möbius. You will have to do this yourself. You can schedule an appointment with the functional application manager for an introduction: Kasja de Jong (k.m.dejong@tudelft.nl)

Students will get access one day before the exam as long as they have registered for the exam in Osiris.

We advise you not to let students upload any written work in a proctored exam.
If you want them to upload written work in an unproctored exam you can let them do that in Möbius. They will need to take the following steps:

  • Students should take pictures with their mobile phone of all the solutions worked out on paper.
  • Students must send these photos to their personal TU Delft e-mail address.
  • Students have to go to the inbox of their TU Delft email address to download the documents they just sent to themselves.
  • Students must check the quality of the photos and change the name of the document.
  • Students should go to the correct question to upload the relevant document in the corresponding answer field.

Yes, you could use the Brightspace discussion board for this, but be aware that you have to refresh this board to see the questions. A second option is to let the students send you an email. Make sure it is clear to the students how they can reach you during the exam.

Students with a valid declaration get 10 minutes per hour extra.

Digital Exams creates 2 exams with different duration (for example 60 minutes and 70 minutes). The students choose the version in which they belong and the instructor can check afterwards if every student was in the right group.

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