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Requiring Student ID as security on online exams

I know that you can password protect an exam, but I wondered if there was a way to make an exam where they must answer a question in order to move on to the exam.  I want the student to have to enter in their student ID as a text answer (so no checking) and then they would be able to see the rest of the exam. I can see that I can simulate that by setting up so that each question displays individually, but I wondered if you could have this as a login screen almost (instead of a password) and then give them the multi-question view for the real exam.

Alternately, can I give them a password that is wildcard based - so the login password checks if it is a string of say 7 characters long (to match their student ID length) without having to match a specific string of characters?

I know that it sounds strange. I'm trying to add some additional (or at least the perception) of additional individual security to online exams.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

J.J. Kwashnak

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I'm not aware of doing either method of security at the moment.  I know there's work being done on the quiz engine, so hopefully we'll see more security features.

You can sort of get the "wildcard" feature by using a "numerical answer" question type, where the number must be between two numbers (so 1000 and 9999 if you expect a 4-digit ID number).

The only way I know how to replicate this lockout is to set up two quizzes, the first for entering their ID number, and the second requiring they have completed the first.  I haven't messed around with this a whole lot, but I believe the second would need to be in it's own module, and the module set to not be available until the first quiz is complete.


it's a bit of a kludge, but you could create 2 quizzes, and make the first a pre-req. of the second.  the first just asks for the ID, doesn't require a grade, and is worth 0 points, the second is the actual quiz.

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