qomet.git
 description Internet-based exams application last change Mon, 21 Dec 2020 15:07:29 +0000 (16:07 +0100) URL [public ]  git://auder.net/qomet.git [private]  git@auder.net:qomet.git

# qomet - WARNING: prototype stage

### Questions Ouvertes ou Ã  options Multiples pour l'Ãvaluation des Ã©Tudiants

Or “… pour Examens sur inTernet”, in french. In english, just revert the acronym:

“sTudents Evaluation with Multiple choices or Open Questions (or …inTernet Exams with).

Source code of qomet.auder.net

## Features

Allow teachers to create courses, containing assessments. Each of them can be public, or restricted to a classroom (identification by student ID). Individual answers to an exam are monitored in real time, and answers are sent to each participant in the end (allowing them to estimate their grade). Once a series of exam is over, the teacher can get all grades in CSV format (assuming all questions were either quiz-like or parameterized).

## Usage

As a teacher, first create an account from the upper-left “login” menu. Then create a course using the appropriate button in the middle of the screen. Finally, create some exams (“new assessment” button). The syntax for a series of questions is described by the following example:

Question 1 text or introduction (optional if there are subquestions)

Text for question 1.1 (index detected from indentation)

Question 1.2 (a text is optional since there are subquestions)

Question 1.2.1 text (mandatory); e.g. quiz-like:
+ choice 1
- choice 2
- choice 3

Question 1.2.2 text (mandatory); e.g. open question:
* answer to 1.2.2 (can be on several lines)

Question 2 text ...
* An answer to question 2
...


All question texts (and open answers) can be on several lines. HTML markup (slightly limited) can be used, as well as MathJax with $and$\$ delimiters, and syntax highlighting using prism: <code class="language-xyz"> for language code xyz. The syntax for parameterized exercises (not working yet) is still undecided.

Use the “exam” mode if browsing the web is allowed, and “watch” mode otherwise to monitor students actions like losing focus or resizing window. Finally the “secure” mode forbids all attempts to do anything else than focusing on the exam, but can be “a bit too much”; keep in mind next section if using it. All these modes restrict the access to a classroom. To open a series of question to the world, the “open” mode is for you.

Note about exams: Once an assessment is started, it’s impossible to quit and restart using another browser, because a password stored in cookies need to be sent with every request. So under normal circumstances it’s also impossible for a student to continue the exam of another. (The password is destroyed when exam ends or when the teacher decides to finish assessment).

## Limitations & workarounds

Version “standard classroom”: some potential internet cheating ways even in ‘secure’ mode (in addition to the usual ones like using phones, talking, doing signs, using short memos…)

• headless browsers with renamed http-user-agent; difficult to counter with 100% confidence
• block JS script using e.g. uBlock Origin, then re-inject the script cleaned of listeners
• intercept HTTP response to “start quiz” signal, re-compose the page without listeners and run

The easy way to prevent these cheating attempts would consist in installing qomet on a local server, and restricting exam rooms to the intranet while preventing users to access their account (where they could keep a copy of the courses). This also prevent internet-based students communication.

Another option (which seems more complicated, but might be required if the intranet itself shouldn’t be accessed) would be to force e.g. chromium in kiosk mode restricted to one domain (using SELinux on a special account maybe).

## Alternative softwares

• moodle
Full-featured (open source!) project to manage learning activities. Too big for my purpose; however qomet might be re-thought as a moodle plugin (although at least one already exists for this task).

Assignment module for Jupyter, auto-grading closed and coding questions while providing a feedback to the students. It looks great, but at least for the moment lacks the real-time review (for the teacher).

• evalbox
The closest to my goals, but only for simple quizzes, and not actively developed anymore.