Testing Options for Fall 2020
The learning management system (LMS) used by Auburn University, Canvas, has a secure quiz feature that allows instructors to assess students using multiple choice, short answer, essay, and other types of questions. The steps below will guide you to create an assessment in Canvas, select a proctoring option, and assessment grading options. Instructors requiring the use of platforms other than Canvas should contact the Biggio Center Testing Services to configure the appropriate solution. Please also check out our blog post for some tips about testing for the semester.
Step 1: (Re-)Creating an assessment
- Consider redesigning the assessment such that it does not need proctoring – reflective, personalized work, videos and pictures of the student demonstrating their understanding of concepts, and similar types of activity that focuses on the core learning objectives may arrive at a high-quality assessment despite the challenging situation.
- Specifically, for final exams: determine if it is necessary. If students have adequately demonstrated learning through the entire term and calculating their grades without the final exam yields a grade acceptable to the student, then making the final exam optional is a viable solution.
- Consider requesting students to agree to an oath of honor.
Building a Quiz Assessment in Canvas
- Use the Quiz feature to build assessments in Canvas: Steps | Screencast Video
- Allow varying lengths of completion time based on accommodation needs. For additional accommodation needs, contact the Office of Accessibility.
- Use Respondus 4 to convert a Microsoft Word document into a Canvas quiz.
- For exams that do not need proctoring, Lockdown Browser is an option which can be integrated within Canvas.
- Additional support: E-mail Auburn Online for support building a test bank from existing tests.
Step 2: Select proctoring option
Despite the challenges of remote instruction, academic integrity remains critically important at Auburn.
During Fall 2020, Auburn University is covering the cost of virtual proctoring and recommends using Honorlock, while ProctorU is still covered and usable in certain scenarios. Both Honorlock and ProctorU are a combination of human and artificially intelligent computer-based systems.
A brief overview of the virtual proctoring process
Instructors configure the assessment in Canvas to utilize one of the proctoring solutions. When a student connects into a proctoring session, students verify their identity using government-issued ID, and secure their location through a 360-degree scan of the test-taker’s location. The test-taker is then recorded through their webcam during the testing. An AI system triages the video and identifies red flags for the instructor to review. Canvas auto-grades any multiple choice and short answer questions; instructors must grade essay type questions.
Both proctoring solutions require the Google Chrome browser and a webcam, and both are available 24/7. ProctorU requires an extra scheduling step; for this reason, we recommend Honorlock unless the circumstances warrant using ProctorU.
There are two key differences between Honorlock and ProctorU:
- ProctorU has a human proctor further triage the red flags in the recorded video, thus reducing false positives. For faculty using Honorlock, this service is provided by Biggio Testing Services.
- ProctorU requires the student to schedule their test, often weeks in advance, in order to ensure availability of a live proctor during check-in.
Addressing privacy concerns:
All software and technology at Auburn University is vetted through an extensive process that includes compliance with privacy standards, data security, accessibility, and legal requirements. The platforms we support on campus have all demonstrated to the appropriate experts at Auburn that their practices and policies align with our requirements and expectations. Assurance of academic integrity is critical for Auburn University. There is no alternative to a secured testing experience.
Students may consider:
- Going to a location that is not their personal room and conducting the proctored exam;
- Using a cellular hotspot with sufficient connectivity speed to take the exam;
- Create a second profile in Google Chrome which can be deleted after the proctored exam.
Using Zoom to proctor is not considered a secured proctoring environment, however it is a better alternative than e-mailing exams to students. This solution is one option for classes in which one proctor is available per 8-10 students, and the assessments are open-notes. E-mailing exams to students is not recommended unless it is an open-book exam, the instructor is not concerned with students sharing information, and the instructor is not concerned about exam security (students publishing the exam to websites or sharing it in private groups).
- Use Zoom to view each test-taker via webcam and request to secure their location (minimally: ensure no cellphones are within arm's reach, only allowed resources are in the visible area, and no windows are in front of the test-taker).
- Use breakout rooms in Zoom to assign about 8 students per individual proctor, e.g. TA. The proctor must stay in the breakout room with the test-takers.
- Disable the private chat feature, allowing students to only chat with the instructor/host
- Ensure you have time available for students with accommodations, or contact the Office of Accessibility for assistance
This is the Biggio Center’s recommended solution.
- Enable HonorLock in your Canvas course through the course settings > Navigation tab.
- Setup HonorLock for your Canvas quiz: Steps | Screencast Video
- Create a practice exam using Honorlock
- HonorLock Student Guide with steps for your students
- E-mail Biggio Center Testing Services for support with Honorlock
This option is available for faculty who have students taking courses on campus who don't have the tech resources necessary for online testing, have had unresolved issues using an online proctoring vendor, or due to the course design is unable to use online proctoring. In-person exam proctoring can be provided in our labs during the fall semester. Biggio Testing Services uses the Biggin Hall testing lab and the Foy 213 computer lab to proctor computer-based exams in a secured environment that allows physical distancing.
Due to physical distancing guidelines, the capacity of the labs is limited. Please contact email@example.com with your course information, test date, and number of students to inquire about availability.
- Screencast: Setup ProctorU in your Canvas Course
- Install the ProctorU Chrome browser extension
- ProctorU resources for test takers
- E-mail Biggio Center Testing Services for support with ProctorU
- Canvas Exam Entry Process
- ProctorU Student Bill of Rights demonstrates ProctorU's commitment to student privacy.
Step 3: Grading and Review
For virtual proctoring, not all yellow or red flags are indicative of cheating. Faculty should use their discretion in determining if flagged incidents warrant additional action for Academic Honesty.
- ProctorU: Review incident reports
- Honorlock: View proctoring results through Canvas. Reach out to the Biggio Testing Services team to have them review the red flags for your exam after preparing an incident report.
- Use Canvas SpeedGrader to evaluate student submissions
- Something incorrect on the answer key? Correct the quiz key and regrade
- Review the Academic Honesty resources for faculty
Last modified: September 2, 2020