Online Assessment Submission Information System
OASIS is a user-friendly system used by lecturers to create online multiple choice tests, quizzes or activities to enhance the leaning outcomes of their students. Not all subjects use online multiple choice tests.
If your subject includes online assessment tasks with OASIS first go to my.csu and select the appropriate subject link in the My Subjects tool. This will take you to your Interact subject site where you will find the OASIS link within the left-hand side navigation menu.
How to take a test
Open the OASIS site for your subject.
Select your group (subject) in order to display all available tests for this subject. Note carefully the following points regarding a particular test:
- The maximum number of submissions allowed for the test, since some assessment tasks only allow a single submission;
- The dates and times the test is running;
- viewing a test without submitting counts as a full submission. This only affects those assessment tasks where there is a single submission allowed; and
- Once you have started an OASIS test you cannot save the work and return to it later; but where multiple submissions are allowed you can return to the test to try it again later.
Select the test to display it. Complete the test by reading the questions and selecting the correct answer. You must answer ALL questions.
Check your answers before you submit the test. You cannot change answers once you have submitted the test, unless there is more that one submission of a test allowed in the subject; for example for a revision exercise.
Finally, submit the test.
Security pop-up window
OASIS has a system feature that overrides the standard security system that will time students out after two hours of inactivity (reading and taking a test is interpreted by a web-browser as 'inactivity'). This system feature is a pop-up window that must be kept open to ensure that you will not be timed out.
The test can run normally if the pop-up box is closed down but the risk is that you will be logged out of the CSU system when you have spent two hours or more on a single OASIS test without yet submitted you answers. Students should also note a their home computer may not be enabled to run java script, or that their internal anti-virus software may not like the pop-up box.
Useful tips for using OASIS
Online multiple choice tests and quizzes are used for a variety of learning outcomes in different subjects. To get the most out of your learning experience, it is important to find out how the OASIS tests or quizzes are being used in your subject before you attempt to answer them. Lecturers often provide practice tests to familiarise students with the OASIS system before you need to try out a 'live' test. Make use of the practice opportunities. There are basically two categories of tests:
Summative assessment tests, where the marks count towards your final subject result. You may get one chance only to try the particular online test or exam. The test will be set to be 'live' at a certain time. Make sure you are familiar with the details surrounding the conditions of any such test. In particular, note that the usual conditions for academic conduct will need to be observed as with any assessment task at CSU. It is wise for you to check any contingency plans the lecturer may have set up in case your computer system fails before or during the test.
Formative assessment tests, which usually consist of a series of revision exercises perhaps based on topics of work already covered. You may get more than one chance to try these tests, thus learning from each attempt. Subjects with lots of new terminology (medical, chemistry, grammar, etc.) may make use of OASIS tests to provide students with the opportunity to assimilate new information.
Further OASIS information
Contact your subject coordinator if you have queries relating to the availability and timing of tests, their use in assessment, the content of tests, and so on.
If you need more help on Online Assessment Submission click the Help tab at the top right of the OASIS screen, within the grey menu bar. This Help link provides OASIS Student Guide as a downloadable pdf.
If you are having technical difficulties with OASIS contact the IT Service Desk.