Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning

Open Book Online Exam

Students work on an exam online from home within a defined period of time via the ILIAS test object within a few hours. A wide range of different task formats can be used for Open Book online exams, from free and cloze texts to answer-choice procedures. Depending on the task type, automated evaluations may be possible. The time periods and the authentication of the students are controlled by ILIAS via KIT account. Aids are allowed.

As an introduction we recommend the recording of the webinar: Digital Prüfen mit ILIAS - Eine Option fürs WiSe 20/21? from 25.11.2020 as well as the video: Online Exams with ILIAS - Creating Test Questions, Adjusting Test Settings on the Corona Webinar page.

Checklists, click instructions and templates can be found collected in a material folder in ILIAS (You must be logged in to ILIAS to access the content. The contents are only released for KIT employees).


For the scenario Open Book Online exam you will find there:


  • Information on how to reserve examination dates for online examinations in CAS Campus and how to create an examination environment.
  • A checklist for examiners for the online exam scenario. This describes the process of planning, creating, conducting, and archiving an exam in this format.
  • A click instruction for an online exam for lecturers. This shows how to create such an exam in ILIAS step by step.
  • A sample letter that lecturers can use after individual adaptation to inform their students about the implementation of such an exam.
  • Instructions for students on how to conduct such an exam, which lecturers can pass on to their students.
  • A course template that can be used to create such an exam (see click instructions for explanation).
  • As well as a sample exam in the folder on ILIAS for students to refer to in order to try out such an exam.