Information in relation to the corona virus
Examinations autumn 2020 and spring 2021
Due to the corona pandemic, written school exams will as a general rule not be arranged physically on campus in the autumn of 2020 and spring of 2021.
Written exams may be changed to home exams, assignments or oral exams.
Oral exams and practical exams can be arranged physically on campus or digitally. The course coordinator will inform about how the exam in the individual course is conducted.
Scheduled home exams, assignments and other assignments are completed as ordinary.
There may be exceptions to the hold rule on some exams, so check the Studentweb for information on what is applicable for your exam. There, information about exams will be updated continuously, and any changes made no later than 1 week before the exam date will also be given directly to you. Note that exam dates may also change in some cases. It is therefore important that you keep yourself updated in Studentweb regularly.
Example of digital solutions to written exams from home
Written exams can be changed to short home exams (1-8 hours), assignments or oral exams.
The WISEflow exam system will be used for all home exams and assignments. The home exam can be conducted as an upload of files (PDF, video, image or other) (FLOWassign or FLOWhandin) or as a multi-choice test (FLOWmulti) with different types of assignments.
You can find demo flows at the bottom of the WISEflow homepage, and we strongly recommend that you go through these demo exams before your digital exam. You can open each demo flow as many times as you want. For home exams, FLOWassign and FLOWmulti- Advanced are the relevant test types.
We will add 30 minutes extra time for all short home exams (3-8 hours), so that you have time to organize any extra materials for your submission. There may be exceptions to this, for instance for exams that are arranged so that time spent per assignment is part of the assessment.
Equipment and program requirements
To take an exam at home you need a computer (PC, Mac, Google Chrome etc.) with internet access. It is important that you check well in advance of the exam that equipment and networks are working properly.
You log into the exam system WISEflow via a link or by typing in: wiseflow.hvl.no in your browser. Log in with FEIDE and regular HVL username and password.
An exam you take at home is an open exam and you should not lock down your machine as you usually do on a digital school exam. We especially note that there is no need to download the FLOWlock browser when you are taking the exam at home. You will have access to the internet and everything you have on your machine during the exam.
In many subjects, you will have to write the exam answer in Word or another text creation program. As a student at HVL you can download all programs in Office365.
Many home exams (FLOWassign) required you to upload your assignment as a PDF file. You can find instructions here (in Norwegian) that show how to convert a file to PDF. You can upload any other files as extras.
For other exams (FLOWhandin) you can upload all types of files and no PDF is required.
Some subjects use specific programs in the course, and these may also be required for the exam itself. If you are required to use any of these programs during the exam, you will receive information from the teacher about this in advance.
In some subjects, e.g. in science, it is natural to write parts of the assignment on paper. Handwritten parts of a submission can be scanned and uploaded as extras. We recommend that you use e.g. Office Lens for this. You can also take pictures with your phone, but make sure the quality is good enough for the examiner to easily read what you have written. You may also want to keep your papers for a while so that the examiner can get a better copy if needed.
On multi-choice tests (FLOWmulti) you may sometimes find that the internet is "hanging" and that you are having trouble working in WISEflow. If this is the case, then it may help to close the test and restart or reload your browser. Answers that have been written while online are continuously saved.
Regulations for home exams
The home exam is an individual exam, as long nothing else is specified in the syllabus or on the examination assignment. In an individual exam, it is not allowed to help others or to receive help from others.
During a home exam and when writing a paper, all aids are available. However, it is important that you pay attention to the rules that apply, so that you avoid suspicion of cheating and plagiarism.
When referring to or reproducing material from curriculum books, other books, journal articles, own or other publications, websites or other sources, you must make a note of this in your exam submission. Make a brief note to the source in the text, as well as adding an alphabetical and complete source reference list at the end of the assignment. We recommend that you read the library's web site about good source usage when writing a paper.
For short home exams that last less than one day, it is not expected that you spend a lot of time referring to sources. But when using direct quotations, it is important that you refer to the source and follow the guidelines given by the teacher. If other instructions are not given, it is enough to write e.g. Per Knudsen, 2019 p. 45.
All home exams and assignments are sent to the text recognition program Urkund.
We ask you to pay particular attention to HVL's guidelines for prevention of cheating.
Oral and practical exams can be conducted at campus or at home with digital tools such as Zoom or Adobe Connect. It may be relevant in some subject to upload e.g. picture or video recording in Canvas or WISEflow before the exam. Some exams that were originally oral and practical exams, may also be changed to home exams or paper assignments this semester.
Lecturers are responsible for creating exam rooms in Zoom or AdobeConnect and distributing the link to the students in Canvas.
First time in Zoom (Norwegian)
First time in AdobeConnect (Norwegian)
We recommend using a headset or desk microphone to ensure good and stable sound quality, as well as a separate webcam.
Your room and face must be well lit. The environment must be calm so that the exam is not disturbed.
We recommend that you use a cabled net if possible. Make sure your home network is not unnecessarily overloaded during the exam (power meter tests and the like). If you have a sufficient mobile network, it is advisable to set up a connecton to it from your computer as a backup solution, in case your internet is unstable. Please note that it may incur additional costs, depending on the mobile subscription package.
Mobile network Android (Norwegian)
Mobile network iPhone (Norwegian)
Check the video quality of your machine before the exam. Set up a meeting in Zoom and check if the video works fine. Install the Zoom app for your mobile in advance of your exam, as a backup solution. If you experience poor video quality, you may not have sufficient upload speed. Feel free to use Speedtest.net and check your upload speed. Upload should not be less than 1.5 Mbps.
As with all exams, you must be able to identify yourself with an approved photo ID card when asked. Have this available at the start of the exam.
If a technical problem should arise during the exam, the teacher will call you to arrange a new exam at a new time.
If you have previously been granted extended time for a written school exam for autumn 2020, you will also receive this for home exams that last 8 hours or less. Extended time is given according to the same rules as for written school exams (10 minutes per hour, maximum one hour total).
Do you need help?
We wish to point out that we do not have the capacity to offer telephonic user support during exams this semester. We therefore ask that you please contact us in writing.
If you need help using the digital solutions before, during or after the exam, contact us via our contact form, and we will reply as soon as possible.
If you need help with your computer or the Internet, please contact IT help.
Ensure that you have your mobile phone available during the exam, as important messages about the exam can be sent to you via text message.
Diligent preparation before your exams will ensure that you have a good exam experience. Good luck!
Remember to sign up for your examination on Studentweb. You choose English language in the pulldown menu where it says «Språk: Bokmål» and choose Høgskulen på Vestlandet (HVL) as your institution.
If you have commenced an education of 60 credits or more, you will automatically be signed up for the examination(s) when you confirm your education plan on Studentweb. It is also possible to sign up for examinations via the menu item «My active courses».
Registration is open from July 15th to September 1st, and from December 15th to February 1st.
When and where is my examination?
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences arranges examinations throughout the year.
After you have registered for the semester, the examination dates will be available to you in Studentweb. You will find your examination dates both under «Upcoming events» and under «My active courses». Information about the room, candidate number, assesment deadline and final assesment is available at Studentweb seven days before the exam, at the latest.
All written exams starts at. 9:00 unless something else have been communicated. Attendance, at the latest, 30 minutes before the exam starts.
I need special arrangements for my examinations
You have to apply for special arrangements by February 1st in the spring semester and by September 1st in the fall semester.
Autumn 2020 documentation is not required due to the corona pandemic.
Re-sit exam is arranged if students have failed or had a valid absence from the ordinary exam. Registration deadline is September 1st and February 1st.
You register for a new exam on Studentweb, but you must wait until the result from the last ordinary exam in the course has been published. If a re-sit exam is arranged, you will see a button marked "Take the course again" next to your result.
I would like to see my examination result
Your result will be ready three weeks after the examination. For Master's theses, the result will be ready within six weeks. You can find your results on Studentweb under the menu item «My results».