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Resetting a guest account

Resetting a guest account

by Joseph Lo -
Number of replies: 2

I am making an online math assessment and would like to allow students to access WeBWorK as guests and take gateway tests. The problem is that when a guest opens a test and leaves, the test stays open under that guest account. If other students log in with the same guest account, they will see open tests that are partly completed. Is there a way to reset guest accounts at logout? Thanks very much.

In reply to Joseph Lo

Re: Resetting a guest account

by Alex Jordan -
Can you say a bit why a regular assignment (not a Gateway test) would not be sufficient for this? If you are not trying to record information about how someone performs, what features of a Gateway test do you want that a regular assignment can't provide?
In reply to Alex Jordan

Re: Resetting a guest account

by Joseph Lo -
Thanks very much for the reply.

There are a couple of features a gateway test may fit better for the purpose of our assessments over regular homework.

1. We can set a time limit to a gateway test so it can better simulate a test setting.

2. Students will not know whether what they have answered are correct or not until the end of the test (so trial-and-error is a less favourable option for the students especially for multiple-choice or matching problems).

3. Students get a final score only after they complete a test. We can then use these final scores to recommend study materials. 

4. Gateway tests can display the entire test at once (rather than question by question without creating a pdf). This provides a more convenient way for students to look at all the questions and either decide which questions to start with or decide if they should study more before coming back to the tests at a later time.

These are some of the reasons we prefer gateway tests for our assessments. Regular homework will also be used but we prefer to incorporated them into study materials rather than assessments.