ETH online Examination Rooms “Corona-ready”

Work at ETH starts in defined steps after running in emergency mode. This also applies to the online examinations. After long and in-depth discussions, it was clear – at everyone’s request – that the session examinations should take place with all of the expected restrictions due to the corona crisis.

Above all the large, extraordinary examination rooms HG G1 and ONA E7 pose a significant challenge with their regular capacities.

ONA E7 in regular examination mode / (picture: ETH/Alessandro Della Bella)
Figure 1: ONA E7 in regular examination mode / (picture: ETH/Alessandro Della Bella)

Development of a Room Concept

In very close cooperation with the SSHE and LET departments, staff from the sections IT Services, ITS NET and ITS SDL discussed possibilities and scenarios for guaranteeing the number of examinees – especially for the very large examinations.

A room concept was quickly developed, which allows online examinations to be carried out with sufficient minimum distance between the examination places.

ONA E7 in corona special operation mode
Figure 2: ONA E7 in corona special operation mode

It was possible to realize the examination places, which were no longer available in the original rooms, in the workrooms ONA E16 and E25 for the time being. During regular operations, these are generally used by architecture students for model building.

Thank you for the great Support

Special thanks also go out to all colleagues. Thanks to additional protective walls, network components and cabling for the infrastructure of the two rooms, the examinations can now definitely take place.

ONA E25: The Managed Services group connects the examination places
Illustration 3 ONA E25: The Managed Services group connects the examination places
ONA E25 in corona special mode
Figure 4: ONA E25 in corona special mode

After completion of the work in ONA, the examination rooms in the main building will be made “corona-ready” over the next few weeks, and additional rooms will be set up here as well with HG G1 and 3.

Thanks to the cooperation and outstanding innovative strength of all those involved, session examinations at ETH can take place in the form of online examinations, with only minimal restrictions compared to normal operations.

Contact & Text

Stefan Geissler (ITS SDL – Managed Services), IT Services

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