To help new users to adopt R/exams for generating remote assessments this new free online course covers steps from installation to automatic exam generation in Moodle and PDF format.
Due to the requirement to move to remote assessment during the global Covid-19 pandemic, Andrew Zammit-Mangion (University of Wollongong, School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics) created introductory materials to help his colleagues to get started with R/exams and turned these into a full online course. The video tutorials in the course show in simple steps how to:
- Install the software required to start generating random questions.
- Code up a simple question and answer.
- Formulate more complicated Q&As.
- Export these questions to individual assessment sheets (PDF).
- Export these questions to Moodle.
The course is hosted on Thinkific and is completely free, just requires registration or a login via a Google account or similar:
The materials are geared somewhat towards assessments containing mathematical exercises but are also easily accessible for users with other backgrounds. Due to the emphasis on mathematical content, the examples in the course are based on Rnw (Sweave) exercises allowing for seamless LaTeX integration. Converting the exercises to Rmd (R/Markdown) format is also possible as shown in the First steps tutorial but this is not covered in the online course.