Moving courses to alternate and remote delivery creates the need to move assessments, as well as tests/exams online. This can pose many challenges for faculty and students including access created by required software, insufficient internet, and limited devices.
Given these unusual circumstances, we encourage faculty to consider an alternate assessment form to meet the course learning outcomes wherever possible. Feel free to connect with the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning for more information regarding alternate options. CATL@loyalistcollege.com
That being said, there are certainly times when a test or exam is required. In those cases, the following are some suggestions to ensure academic integrity during testing.
Standard Test Settings in Blackboard that Help to Ensure Test Integrity
Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor require that a student has a personal computer or an ipad with the required app, and if using Respondus Monitor it further requires the use of a webcam. These are highly effective test invigilation tools; however, many students are opting to purchase smart phones with word processing capabilities in lieu of a personal computer. If your students do not have the above resources: computer or ipad, and webcam, then they will not be able to write the test using lockdown and monitor.
Given the unprecedented situation that we are facing, we cannot expect students to obtain the required resources; however, we can still implement settings that will help to ensure online test integrity.
The following are a list of settings that can be utilized to ensure online test integrity.