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Testing Remotely: Assessment Options for Summer 2020

For the Summer 2020 term, instructors can use ProctorU Review+ for their Blackboard Exams. This service relies on A.I. based monitoring, as well as live proctors who review the footage of students’ exam sessions. Students will not incur a cost by using this option for proctored exams. Tests will be proctored on demand; scheduling in advance will not be necessary.

Promoting academic integrity in an online environment

Please review these suggestions for promoting academic integrity in an online environment. There are many solutions besides remote proctoring which serve to promote academic integrity — this can include assessment design, use of LMS tech features, and explicit conversation with students to introduce academic integrity concepts.

Using Review+ with your Exams

Instructors must request the Review+ functionality to be added on a test by test basis. Please complete the requirements below to make sure that your students are ready to use Review+ on the day of the exam.

Submit your Exam Requests

Complete the request form for each exam that you would like to have proctored using Review+. This must be completed at least ten days before the test date. Testing Center staff will make Review+ available for the requested exam, and notify you when it is ready.

Share the Student Instructions

Include a link to the Review+ Student Directions in your syllabus. It is also recommended that you post a course announcement sharing the link. To avoid delays and technical issues, students should complete the requirements outlined in the instructions before test day.

Require a Compatibility Check

Instructors must require students to complete the compatibility check process outlined in the instructions, and submit screenshots of their results to you on Blackboard or in an email. Completing the compatibility check will help prevent any technical issues on the day of the test.

Instructor FAQ

Can I offer alternatives to a traditional exam or final?

It is recommended that instructors exercise flexibility with due dates, as students may be traveling home, caring for others, or have unstable Internet access. Instructors are encouraged to consider asynchronous projects, essays, or other meaningful assessment activities. If you are interested in alternative assessment options, please refer to Best Practices for Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Courses and Exams.

Instructional Designers are available to help you create alternative assessments. Please begin this process by contacting the Help Desk.

What if some of my students can't use Review+?

Keep in mind that some of your students may not meet the technical requirements to use ProctorU. Many communities lack access to reliable broadband internet speeds.

Instructors must be prepared to offer meaningful alternative assignments to students who are unable to use virtual proctoring. Please advise your students to verify compatibility before they schedule their exam session. The student instructions include directions for checking compatibility using an online tool provided by ProctorU.

What is the difference between Live+ and Review+? Which should I use?

Live+ vs. Review+

Proctor-U Live+ includes the same features as Review+, but with an added Live Monitoring & Intervention feature. With Live+, a proctor actively monitors students, creates session notes, and can intervene in the event of suspicious activity. With Review+, suspicious activity is automatically flagged for proctors to review. Both services use AI-based detection to discern movement, lighting changes, unusual noises, looking off-screen consistently, and on-screen activity.

Which should you use?

Review+ will be provided at no cost to students. However, Live+ is only permitted if you have already committed to using the service and communicated the fees associated with live proctoring prior to the semester start.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act, Chapter 34, §602.17(g)(2), prohibits the use of identity verification services that require students to pay a fee unless they have been notified prior to enrollment. Instructors who migrated to online instruction as part of the campus closure must use Review+ (if proctoring is required).

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