Information about Exam 2

This post contains specifics and logistics for exam 2 in General Histology (DDS 6214). Please email me if you have any questions not answered here! I’ll send out an email with the password to the exam a little before midnight tonight 🙂

Start and end time

The exam is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, September 17), and you may take it any time between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm that day. Once you open the exam you have a maximum of two hours to complete the exam. All submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 17, in order to receive a grade.

Content

There are 36 questions on the exam, and the lecture breakdown is as follows:

Blood: 7 questions
Hematopoiesis: 5 questions
Lymphoid system: 8 questions
Cardiovascular system: 7 questions
Endocrine system: 9 questions

Examplify Information

You will take this exam using Examplify installed on your PC/Macintosh laptop or desktop computer. If Examplify is currently installed, it may require an update and computer restart before the exam If it is not installed, you should download and install the most up-to-date version of Examplify before the exam.

This exam will be remotely proctored using ExamID and ExamMonitor. This means you will take a photo of yourself at the start of the exam for identity verification and you will be recorded during the exam. Thus, only laptops/desktops with a working camera & microphone and Chrome or Firefox browsers can be used to complete the exam. Please note, iPads are not compatible with the ExamMonitor software and may not be used for this exam.

I have enabled the digital notepad and highlighter within the Examplify software. There will be no scratch paper allowed. Also, just as if we were in the classroom, there will be no additional electronics allowed such as phones, tablets, smart watches, headphones, etc.

If you experience any anomalies while taking the exam (examples include barking dogs, interruption by a family member, etc.) please email me at kkrafts@umn.edu immediately after completing the exam to let me know.

Please access this link for a quick troubleshooting guide for Examplify for your reference.

Grading

After you take the exam, you will immediately receive your raw score. Final scores will be posted to your ExamSoft Student Portal as soon as possible after I have had the opportunity to review the exam metrics (I hope to be able to do that on Saturday morning).

Lecture videos for today and Tuesday are posted

Just a quick note to let you know that earlier today, I posted the lecture videos for today (cardiovascular histology, in two parts) and Tuesday (the remainder of the lymphoid system lecture that we didn’t cover on Tuesday). They’re all on our lectures page. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Also, thank you so much for your kind emails! I’m so touched by how compassionate you are…you are going to be amazing dentists 🙂 I can’t wait to be back in the classroom with all of you.

Exam 2 date change!

As we discussed in class on Thursday, September 2, our second exam has been moved from Tuesday, September 21 to Friday, September 17 to free up that weekend so you can study for the exams you’ll have the following week.

Our lectures page is now updated to reflect this change – but please note that the Google calendar still says we have class on Tuesday, September 21 from 1-3 pm. We will not have class during that time! So you’ll have a couple free hours on that day 🙂

Let me know if you have any questions about this change (or anything else).

Exam 1 scores posted

We’ve resolved most of the exam upload issues (yay!). We’re still missing uploads from a couple students but we’re working on that. In the meantime, I’ve uploaded everyone else’s score to Canvas.

There was one question that a lot of students got wrong – it’s this one:

Proteoglycans are composed of a ____ core with a bunch of attached ____.

A. Carbohydrate / proteins

B. Glycosaminoglycan / carbohydrates

C. Glycosaminoglycan / proteins

D. Protein / carbohydrates

E. Protein / glycosaminoglycans

The correct answer is E, and about half of the class answered correctly. Most of the rest of the class answered D, and a few answered A or C.

Here’s an explanation of what this question was trying to ask you about:

This question is based on the CT lecture objective that asks you to compare and contrast the structure of glycosaminoglycans, proteoglycans, and glycoproteins. There is a lecture slide that contains drawings and descriptions of both proteoglycans and glycoproteins – and the proteoglycan description states: Proteoglycans consist of a protein core with a bunch of attached glycosaminoglycans. So this question was testing to see if you knew the structure of proteoglycans.

I’ve added a point to everyone’s score to make up for the confusion. The total number of points for this exam will remain at 40, so this added point will be considered an extra credit point.

This is kind of a minor thing, since it’s just one point, but it does mean that when it comes time to calculate your final score, this extra point will carry a little more weight since it’s above and beyond the point total for the course.

Finally: I’ve released your scores to your Examplify portal, which means that you can see which questions you got wrong, and what the correct answers for those questions are. Please let me know if you are having trouble accessing your Examplify portal.

I think that’s it for now. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Exam grades still pending

Hi everyone –

We’ve had a little glitch with ExamSoft – some of the uploads aren’t visible from my end – but we’re working on the issue and fingers crossed we should have final results today. I already can see that there was one question that didn’t perform well, so there will be one point added to everyone’s score for that one. I’ll keep you posted and let you know as soon as all the scores are final and posted to Canvas.

I’m sorry for the confusion – thank you for your patience!

Information about Exam 1

This post contains specifics and logistics for our first exam in General Histology (DDS 6214). Please email me if you have any questions not answered here! I’ll send out an email with the password to the exam a little before midnight tonight 🙂

Start and end time

The exam is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, August 27), and you may take it any time between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm that day. Once you open the exam you have a maximum of two hours to complete the exam. All submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 27, in order to receive a grade.

Classroom availability

I checked the room schedule for our classroom, and it says that our room is available from 8-10am tomorrow, if you want to take the exam at that time in our classroom. I’d suggest that if there are several people in the the room, please try to space yourself out well so there’s no way anyone (including ExamMonitor) can suggest the possibility of you looking at someone else’s computer 🙂 It also appears that there’s no one else scheduled in the room that day (at least according to the schedule I saw) – so you may be able to access the room for the rest of the day as well, if you’re looking for a quiet place!

Content

There are 40 questions on the exam, and the lecture breakdown is as follows:

Intro to Histology: 1 question on the H&E stain
Embryology: 6 questions
Epithelium: 7 questions
Muscle Tissue: 7 questions
Connective Tissue: 6 questions
Cartilage and Bone: 8 questions
Neuro Tissue: 5 questions

There will not be any tissue microscopic images on the exam, but there will be an EM image of the sarcomere as we discussed in the exam review (see questions 15 and 18 in the Exam 1 Review Kahoot). Finally, please see the Sample Exam Questions post for information on my question-writing style.

Examplify Information

You will take this exam using Examplify installed on your PC/Macintosh laptop or desktop computer. If Examplify is currently installed, it may require an update and computer restart before the exam If it is not installed, you should download and install the most up-to-date version of Examplify before the exam.

This exam will be remotely proctored using ExamID and ExamMonitor. This means you will take a photo of yourself at the start of the exam for identity verification and you will be recorded during the exam. Thus, only laptops/desktops with a working camera & microphone and Chrome or Firefox browsers can be used to complete the exam. Please note, iPads are not compatible with the ExamMonitor software and may not be used for this exam.

I have enabled the digital notepad and highlighter within the Examplify software. There will be no scratch paper allowed. Also, just as if we were in the classroom, there will be no additional electronics allowed such as phones, tablets, smart watches, headphones, etc.

If you experience any anomalies while taking the exam (examples include barking dogs, interruption by a family member, etc.) please email me at kkrafts@umn.edu immediately after completing the exam to let me know.

Please access this link for a quick troubleshooting guide for Examplify for your reference.

Grading

After you take the exam, you will immediately receive your raw score. Final scores will be posted to your ExamSoft Student Portal as soon as possible after I have had the opportunity to review the exam metrics (I hope to be able to do that on Saturday morning).

Sample exam questions

I’d like to give you a heads up on the way I write exam questions, so you’re better prepared for this first exam.

Exam questions should test your knowledge (obviously). You shouldn’t get a question wrong because it was confusing, or because it intentionally led you down the wrong path. When I write questions, I try to be as straightforward and clear as possible, so you understand what the question is asking you. And I don’t try to trick you into picking the wrong answer.

So if you look at a question and you know the answer right away, that’s okay! Don’t worry that you missed some sort of trick, or that the question can’t possibly be that simple.

Here are some examples of typical exam questions. Continue reading