Students whose professors offer the option may take in-class exams on their laptop computer. We use Electronic Bluebook (EBB), which provides a secure testing environment and is available for both PC and Mac. Electronic Bluebook is provided through the UGA Student Technology Fee to UGA Law students whose instructors allow its use.
1. Consult the current exam schedule.
2. Please download, install and test the correct version for your operating system. (You'll need to log in with your UGA MyID) When you first start the program, the version number is displayed in the lower left.
3. Be certain your hardware is functioning well and that your laptop is virus-free. If you are using Windows, we also suggest running a virus scan before the exam date. If you do not currently have anti-virus, or have anti-virus that has expired, we suggest Microsoft Security Essentials: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download
4. If you are using Windows you will want to make sure you have installed the latest Windows updates. However, please note that if your computer is set to automatically install updates, and if a reboot is required, you will need to complete this reboot before you begin your exam.
5. NOTE: An error has been found with the Mac version of Electronic Blue Book (EBB). This error only applies to Macs with the latest operating system version (10.8.anything, also called Mountain Lion). You can check your version by clicking on the apple icon on the upper left of the Mac desktop and choosing "About this Mac". There are some cases where holding down certain keys for an extended period will cause EBB to crash. We should be able recover your data but you will not be able to renter the test.
To prevent this crash from happening you can go to "System Preferences" then "Keyboard". There will be a slider for "Key Repeat". Turn it all the way down to "Off".
6. Then, test EBB on your laptop. Start the program, read the generic instructions. Close/Exit all other programs before clicking "OK." On the Student Input screen, enter your 4-digit anonymous grading number (viewable in My Georgia Law on the My Exams page). Choose Course Number 1234A for testing (Choose your actual course number on exam day). Enter 2 or more for the number of questions. (Note: if you see the option to select a drive, choose drive C: rather than A:.) Familiarize yourself with the EBB options. Note that there are tabs along the top of the screen that are used to navigate from question to questions. Type for 10 - 20 minutes and click "Finish Exam" when finished. Next, click "YES, I am finished." (Note: option to return to exam too in case button is hit prematurely.) To test uploading from your laptop, see After Exam section, below.
ON Exam Day:
6. Bring a bluebook and pens in case you have computer trouble and have to complete the exam on paper.
7. Arrive for the exam about 20 minutes before the announced exam start time (usually either 8:40 a.m. or 1:10 p.m.).
8. Be sure you know your 4-digit anonymous grading number.
9. Confirm that your power adapter is securely plugged into the classroom electrical outlet. Verify your power adapter is firmly attached to your laptop. Examine the power indicator light on your laptop to verify that it is receiving A/C power and is not running on battery power. You should also disable any screensaver, sleep, suspend, or hibernation functions that you may have enabled.
10. Open a web browser and log in to the PAWS or PAWS-Secure wireless network. Close all browser windows and all other programs. Programs such as file sharing software and instant messengers may cause conflicts with EBB and must be turned off.
11. Do not click Start Exam until you are instructed to do so. If you see an error message about "active remote connections," click "OK" and then click "Start Exam" again.
You must upload your answer files via our wireless network before leaving the room.
Click the Finish Exam button to close the EBB word processor screen. If you see a green screen, your exam has been successfully uploaded.
If you see a yellow screen that says "Your exam has been saved to your disk but not to the school network," click "OK" to open a browser. Make sure you are connected to the wireless network and follow the instructions for a manual upload at https://edgar.law.uga.edu/ You should then see a "successful upload" message.
Instructions for a manual upload available at https://edgar.law.uga.edu/
Turn in your "Exam File Upload Confirmation" form to verify a successful upload of your exam answer file and provide a phone contact number where you may be reached during the subsequent 2 business days. This form will be distributed and collected by laptop exam monitor person.
In Case of Problems:
Exams will not be delayed or suspended due to an individual computer problems, so please test your system beforehand.
If your computer crashes, shuts down, or EBB becomes inoperable, reboot your laptop (to force a shut down, hold down the power button until all lights dark, about 20 seconds) then power back on and re-start the EBB program. You will be given the option to reenter your partially written exam.
In the event that your keyboard freezes up during the exam try clicking around the menu area (and if available to another exam question text area) to see if this releases the keyboard. We have also seen this problem fixed by pressing the Ctrl key on a Windows computer. If neither approach works, force the computer to shut down by holding the power button until it turns off (Do not attempt to exit by using the "Finish Exam" button). After booting back up, re-start EBB and you should have the option to recover the exam and be returned to where you left off.
If you are unable to reenter an exam after such an event, the portion of the exam that was completed prior to the freeze will almost certainly be recoverable for grading purposes. You will need to complete your exam by hand, so bring bluebooks just in case. Continue where you left off - do not worry about re-answering quesitons you have already typed. After the exam, contact someone from Computing Services for help retrieving your previously typed text.
ANY ATTEMPT TO DISABLE OR TAMPER WITH EBB'S SECURITY FEATURES WILL BE CONSIDERED A VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT HONOR CODE. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH EBB PRIOR TO THE START OF YOUR EXAM. PLEASE ALLOW YOURSELF SUFFICIENT TIME TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH YOUR LAPTOP AND THE APPLICATION. COMMENCEMENT OF THE EXAM WILL NOT BE DELAYED DUE TO A HARDWARE PROBLEM WITH YOUR LAPTOP.
If you have any trouble with the above or any questions about EBB, please contact Computing Services: firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-0895