Remote proctoring is a digital solution to replicate the in-person, time-limited proctored exam environment. Remote proctoring tools provide identity verification and allow faculty to place limits on the digital environment of the test taker — such as which applications can be used during test taking. The tools also capture video and audio of the test-taker’s physical environment and flags any anomalies. Upon test completion, instructors can review all the data captured by the proctoring tool to determine the integrity of the exam.
All publicly assisted institutions will be provided access to an automated Artificial Intelligence-assisted proctoring tool on an as-needed basis to enable the delivery of final exams. At Loyalist we use Respondus 4.O.
Considerations when Using Online Proctored Exams
If you are planning on using our online proctoring tool, Respondus Lockdown or Respondus Monitor, we recommend that you consider the following:
Minimum Specifications of Equipment to Run LockDown Browser
- Windows: 10, 8, 7
- Mac: MacOS 10.12 or higher
- Windows: 75MB permanent space on the hard drive
- Mac: 120MB permanent space on the hard drive
Additional Equipment to Run Respondus Monitor:
Strategies for a Successful Online Proctored Experience
1. Reach out to CATL early if you require supports for setting up/facilitating online exams using Respondus through one of our scheduled sessions, or by reaching out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is some set-up required by both you and your students to make the online proctored exam experience work well.
2. Set up a practice test that uses Respondus Lockdown/Monitor well in advance of any actual assessments in your course. This provides a safe way for you to help your students become comfortable with Respondus Lockdown/Monitor and identify any technical issues early, so that they can be resolved prior to your actual assessment times, also helping to reduce test anxiety by giving students an example of what to expect.
3. Use the lowest security level possible while also maintaining academic integrity. For example, using Respondus Monitor (video recording students who are writing exams online at home) may not be required, Respondus Lockdown Browser (locking down the student’s system so that they cannot copy/share information) may be acceptable. Other options include no proctoring, but designing your online exam using a variety of settings that promote academic integrity, or designing an alternate assessment that does not require the use of an online test/exam.
4. Share the Student Remote Learning Kit website with your students. They can find instructions for downloading Respondus Lockdown Browser in this location (along with other tips and instructions that will aid them in remote learning)
5. Consider that some devices that students are using may not be compatible with Respondus Lockdown/Monitor. Chromebooks and cell phones won’t work for students to complete online tests/exams with Respondus Lockdown. Some students may not have a webcam, which is required to use Respondus Monitor. These students will need to access SAL and/or have time to obtain the appropriate equipment prior to completing the assessment.
6. Consider stretching out your exam periods if possible. For example, leave a test open for longer than the actual exam period to allow extra time in the event that students or yourself have technical difficulties and to minimize stress on the Blackboard system.
Source: “Assessments in Remote Environments” by Open Library is Licensed CC by 4.0