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ANS

ANS

Please note that the plagiarism check for ANS is not activated yet. A dedicated team is currently working on fine-tuning the new plagiarism tool used at TU Delft, Ouriginal, for optimal use. Only after all safety and privacy measures are tested and implemented, will the two tools ANS and Ouriginal be tested for integration.

ANS is a web-based system that supports the creation of interactive assignments for formative and summative assessment, randomized testing, and analyses the quality of the assignments you created. ANS can also be used for creating paper-based exams which can later be scanned for online reviewing. ANS can be used with RPnow for proctored exams, but can currently only be used for open book exams on campus.

Getting Started

  1. Go to https://secure.ans-delft.nl/users/sign_in
  2. Search for and click on Technische Unversiteit Delft.
  3. Log in with your SSO (Single Sign On) TU Delft account.

For exercise purposes, ANS assignments can be linked to your Brightspace course. This way students can easily access assignments.

Before you can add an assignment to Brightspace, you first need to create a course and an assignment in ANS. For more information on this go to Creating an Assignment in ANS.

After you have created an assignment, you can add the assignment to your course in Brightspace using the steps below:

  1. Go to Course > Content and go to the Module where you want to add the assignment.
  2. Click Add Existing Activities and select External Learning Tools.
    A pop-up will open.
  3. Choose ANS Delft.
    A new content item will be created.
  4. If you do not want students to see the assignment yet, make sure to hide the assignment from users.
  5. Once added, click on the newly added link called ANS Delft.
    ANS will open within the Brightspace environment.

  6. Select the ANS assignment of your choice and click Create.
    In ANS, assignments are linked to a course. You can only link assignments of one ANS course to one Brightspace course. The first assignment determines which ANS course is linked to the Brightspace course.

    Students will be automatically added to your ANS course once they click the link to an assignment within Brightspace.
  7. Optionally Add teaching staff or Add external Teaching staff. This needs to be done manually.

For summative testing ANS can be used with RPnow for proctored exams, but can currently only be used for open book exams on campus.

In case of a digital exam, send an e-mail to digitalexams@tudelft.nl. The Digital Exam desk will send you a form to fill out where you can indicate that it concerns an Ans Exam. They will create a Course and a Question bank for you ( step 1 and 1a of Working with Ans).

Digital Exam desk (Advice, Access, Support)

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.
  • Setting up the final policies on your exam.
  • Adding your students to your Ans Course.
  • Monitoring the course of events during the exams.
  • Solving technical problems during exams in cooperation with the functional application manager.

ANS offers the ability to create a paper-based assignment that you can print for your students. When the exams are filled in, you can scan them and upload them to ANS, after which you can review the exams online. ANS is also able to automatically grade certain questions once the exams are scanned.

In case you want to have a paper-based exam you can contact the following parties for support:

  • Your faculty assessment advisors for printing and scanning your exams. They will be able to either help you themselves, or direct you to the party responsible for this process.
  • DigitalExams for help with creating the assignment and questions, and adding your students to your ANS course.

Working with ANS

When you have created a course, you are able to add teaching staff, such as co-lecturers and student assistants to your ANS course. For example to help create or review the exam. For this, there are a few restrictions:

  • The instructor providing the access is responsible for such access, including if there is any misuse/misconduct arising from such access.
  • The instructor providing the access is responsible for keeping the access up-to-date. This means that when access is no longer relevant (for example, when external staff no longer works for a (shared) TU Delft course), the instructor must deactivate the access as soon as possible.
  • Student assistants must use their employee account at all times.

Follow the steps below to add someone to the course as instructor:

  1. Go to the Members-tab and click on Staff on the top-left.
  2. Click on ADD STAFF and choose Add instructors.
  3. Search and check the person you want to add and click on ADD.
If you cannot find the person, request this person to log in to Ans via: https://ans.app/users/sign_in. After the person logged in, this person will appear in the Staff list and you can add him/her to the course.

In case your exam is part of a joint program with other universities, Ans offers the option for instructors to give external parties (e.g., an external instructor) access to a course relevant to them. The access shall be provided with the following conditions:

  • The instructor providing the access is responsible for such access, including if there is any misuse/misconduct arising from such access.
  • The instructor providing the access is responsible for keeping the access up-to-date. This means that when access is no longer relevant (for example, when the external instructor no longer works for a (shared) TU Delft course), the instructor must deactivate the access as soon as possible.
  • Using private e-mail addresses for access is not allowed.
If you do not comply with these rules, this option will be turned off for all TU Delft Ans users.

Follow the steps below to add External Teaching Staff:

  1. Go to the Members-tab of the course in ANS and click on Staff on the top-left.
  2. Click on NEW STAFF and choose New instructor.
  3. Fill the Name and the E-mail address in the pop-up and click on CREATE.
  4. The external user will receive an e-mail with instructions to log in to ANS.
  5. For their first login they will receive an email invite in which they are requested to set a password.
  6. After that they can log in via https://ans.app/users/sign_in

If you would like to have a course to practice, you can create your own Sandbox. To do this, follow the steps to Create a Course and make sure to choose Sandbox as Study (scroll all the way down).

Beta features can only be turned on by the TU Delft Functional Application Managers. They will turn on a Beta feature as soon as they have tested the new feature.

On the Ans website you will find an overview of the latest beta features. With beta features, you can experiment with our latest features before they are available to everyone. These features are in early stage and may change as Ans continues to develop them. Your feedback will help shape what they become. Please contact Brightspace support if you are experiencing any errors.

FAQ

Your colleague has never entered the Ans application before. You can request this person to access Ans via: https://ans.app/users/sign_in. The person will automatically appear in the ADD STAFF list.

As you are responsible for the person you gave access to it is important to delete this user from your course as soon as the external employee no longer needs access. Go to the list of members of your course, select the employee and click on MORE. Then select Remove from course.

Your assignment needs to be live in order for students to see it  in their Ans environment. Make sure the assignment is open for students to enroll themselves (see formative testing) and has a timeslot.

 

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