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With online teaching, I have to find ways to make many processes go faster, as otherwise teaching takes an inordinate amount of time compared to traditional teaching (and my salary doesn’t change…). I have already written about automating exam production I’ve now taken to scanning my students' exams and grading them directly on my touchscreen computer. This way I avoid all the issues that come with physical exams: I’m not scared to death of bringing them home anymore – losing them means redoing the whole exam 😨, I have a backup, I can give more detailed feedback to students, give it to them earlier and more often, etc.

Exam Template for Pandoc

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Like many people, I have been teaching online for some time now. In order to help students get an idea of how well they understand the material, I have been giving them and grading weekly homework (keep in mind that it is not common in French universities to give homework in math bachelors).

I have been using the very nice exam LaTeX class for some time. It works well, but I found it annoying to copy/paste my template each time I want to create a new exam. I decided to write a small template to be used with Pandoc, so that I can also write my exams in Markdown rather than LaTeX. It was not completely trivial since the exam class requires bullet items to use the questions and parts environment, and the \question and \part commands, which I did not want to retype manually all the time. I thus wrote a little Pandoc filter to save some time.

Update: This template is now available on GitHub. The GitHub version may be more up-to-date.