Looking for a very specific tool.

I want to give my students a link to a text editor. When they open that link, they see a question and instantly a countdown timer starts.

Once the timer is over, whatever the students have written is saved and I can review it.

Is there such a tool?

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    To close voters: beware that software recommendations which are specific to academia and teaching are now considered on-topic, see this FAQ.
    – Massimo Ortolano
    Nov 9 '20 at 19:51
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    See this app or this webpage or this one.
    – C.F.G
    Nov 9 '20 at 22:23
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    My advice would be not to use such a thing. It will disadvantage some students over others. The system is currently bad enough without adding this.
    – Buffy
    Nov 10 '20 at 13:45
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    @Buffy That seems a very weak argument, "it will disadvantage some students over others". What doesn't? Even asking a question disadvantages the students who don't know the answer. And asking them on paper disadvantages the students who can read and write more slowly. Nov 11 '20 at 8:51
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    I also want to pipe in as the asker. For our use case, time is not a disadvantage at all. The question should take anyone less than 5min to answer. We would give 15min. The time limit is there only to prevent googling of the answer, or asking online (though would not prevent a ready friend helping out). In fact, if a person cannot answer the question in 10 minutes that should be an automatic disqualification.
    – Anton
    Nov 11 '20 at 15:42

Qualtrics surveys allows this. Create a new survey and just combine a textbox and a timer and choose "show timer" and speicfy an auto-advance time.

This would also allow you to include multiple questions and the data would be stored for you to download.

Many universities have site licences to Qualtrics.


qualtrics timer

  • Is there an option to not show the timer? Or to just record start and end times?
    – Anton
    Nov 12 '20 at 13:06

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