Welcome to the Inspera Information Hub

On this page you will be able to find details about the functionality of Inspera, what you need to do to get ready for Semester 1 exams and how you can access any support you need to help you do your job. This page will be updated frequently and link to new support resources, so please keep coming back to learn more as we create more resources to assist you.

What is Inspera?

Inspera is a very intuitive assessment platform for Administrators, Assessment Owners, Markers and Students. The main highlights are that it supports many question and answer types which cater for STEM subjects, and it allows us to reinstate anonymity for the January 2021 exams. In the long term it will allow us to run hybrid assessments where students can submit either on paper, digitally, or use a combination of the two. You can learn more about Inspera here.

Getting ready for Inspera

Your access to Inspera is being organised as we speak. We are aiming to have all users able to access the system using their University credentials during the week commencing 16 November. You’ll receive an email once access is granted and you’ll be able to use your University credentials to sign in (SSO). In the meantime, we have a growing list of FAQs, so please take a look to find the answers to your burning questions.

How does Inspera affect you?

Important things to note: 

Naming convention – Must be unit code-based. ie, SP30278 Examination S1 2020/21 This is vital so that those arranging the exams can identify the correct question set to link to the exam instance containing the cohort for your unit 

Cover sheet - the exam information (arranged by Faculty/School Planners) will contain cover sheet information. However, if there is anything that students must not see ahead of the exam start time/date, please include this in the exam itself as a 'Document' Question Type (eg. sections in the exam could be: Information, Part A, Part B.)

Please continue to draft your Semester 1 exams in Word and/or finalise as a pdf document. You will be able to add these questions directly to the system once we create your accounts. Support will be available to guide you, should you require it. You can find out more about the question types we are supporting in January in the table below. 

Question Type  Marking type  More information 
Document  None – information purposes  This is an information item and is not included in the question count, nor the marking total. You may include pdf documents, images, LaTeX, tables, files and links.  

It is recommended to include this in its own section (akin to a chapter) when structuring the exam.  

Multiple Choice  Automatic  One answer can be selected from a few given options. The correct option will need to be predetermined to enable automatic marking. These options to choose from may include plain text, rich text or LaTeX, or an image.  
Multiple Response  Automatic  One or more answers can be selected from a few options. The correct options will need to be predetermined to enable automatic marking. The options to choose from may include plain text, rich text or LaTeX, or an image. 
Upload Assignment  Manual  A question is written and the response may be upload in the form of a file, e.g., an Excel or Word document. You will be able to enable/disable permitted file types when authoring the question. 
Essay  Manual  A field for text is provided as a response area to a given question. Word counts can be applied, PDF documents, images or LaTeX can be added to the question text. 


Component:  What is it?  How does this translate from my current scripts? 
Question  One question forming part of a broader set of questions  Add one question.  

Where you have 4 questions for part A, add these 4 questions separately, rather than as one larger question. 

Question Set  A set of questions which will form one exam  Add all questions you will require in the exam. E.g., SP30278 Examination Sem1 20/21 

If you have 4 questions for Part A and 4 questions for Part B, you would add all as individual questions.  

A Question Set is a group of questions which fit together. 

Section  A chapter. E.g., Part A or Part B.  


Note settings around shuffling will apply to all questions within a Section. 

A Question Set can be arranged in a structure. 

You can add Sections to a Question Set and drag the appropriate question into this Section.  

If shuffling questions, the will apply to every question in the given section. 

For this reason, please keep any exam information in a separate section. E.g., 

  • Section 1 for a Document which contains information 
  • Section 2 for Part A 
  • Section 3 for Part B 

The cover sheet will generally be arranged by the Faculty/School Administration staff however if you have time-sensitive information which you do not want students to see ahead of the exam, add this in its own section at the top (before Part A, Part B etc.) as a "Document" Question Type.

Where you have an exam along the lines of “Select 2 questions from 6”, as the whole exam, please see the below Stimulus description. 

Stimulus  A reference document  Where you have an exam which encompasses ALL questions and students need to select 2 out of 6, upload the questions into a stimulus. These will then show neatly on the left-hand side. Then provide 1 essay type question for the Response 1 field, and provide another essay type question for the Response 2 field. Be sure to adjust marking allocations accordingly. 

The stimulus option can be found by clicking on the icon which looks like a book: 

The left stimulus for basic and vertical layout can be resized by the author. The size is reflected in percentage. The author can also allow students to resize the stimulus.
These settings can be verified in preview. 

Where a Set of Questions differs between Part A and Part B, please use different sections with a different stimulus in each. 


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Image: Example of Stimulus where 2 questions out of 6 (for example) form the whole exam. 

What are the different roles in Inspera?

Role   Who   What can they do?  
Administrator   Nominated faculty administration individuals Can manage users within their organisation (department); create, delete and allocate roles


Planner   Nominated Faculty and Departmental administrators  Has access to the tools: Deliver, Monitor, Grade. Can create tests and invite contributors. A planner needs to be a planner on a test to be able to perform planner-actions.
A planner that creates a test is automatically a contributor on the test. A planner can also be invited by another planner, and thus a test can have more than one planner. 

The Planner role ultimately links the Question Sets produced by academic staff to the SAMIS-generated Exam timeslot, and sets the conditions under which the exam will be set, e.g., spellcheck yes/no, adds cover sheets, identifies candidates with extra time and allocates accordingly. This is ultimately receiving the paper, applying Faculty/School formatting and ensuring it is ready for release. 
Unit convenors will, as they are now, be responsible for creating, ensuring moderation of and finalising the exam. This can all happen within Inspera. 

Author   Unit Convenor  and staff who set questions for exams Has access to the Author tool. Can create question and question sets but needs to be a contributor on a test to author question set for a test. 
Chief Invigilator   Academic staff and faculty and departmental administrators   We will not be using these for open book exams in January 2021. 
Invigilator   Academic staff  We will not be using these for open book exams in January 2021. 
Grader    Academic staff  Can be assigned to grade submissions 

How do I get help?

We are currently working very hard to create a series of self-help videos and materials to help users, and a series of Drop-In sessions will be made available to talk through a process you need assistance with, with one of our Instructional Designers. In the meantime, we have created a series of FAQs to help you get started.

Inspera is very intuitive so we feel it is appropriate to use a self-help support model, but we understand that sometimes more specific help is required, so there will be a specific support email address but we do ask that you use this once all other support options have been used. So, if you do need a quick answer, try speaking to your departmental administrator or fellow academic colleagues first.

Inspera and SAMIS

Inspera is linked to SAMIS, so it will automatically load exam instances listed in SAMIS into Inspera when we need it to, along with the specified candidates. Marks in Inspera will also transfer to SAMIS, once confirmed.


Please send any queries or questions you have about using Inspera to the email address below: