Online proctoring

You have several choices when planning assessments for remote instruction, each with varying degrees of support and likely effectiveness.

Recommended Options:

♦ Explore Alternative Approaches to Assessment

You have several choices when planning assessments for remote instruction, each with varying degrees of support and likely effectiveness. Alternatives to traditionally-proctored midterm and final exams are more likely to accurately measure student mastery of concepts, provide valuable feedback to students at a distance, and discourage academic dishonesty. 

A variety of resources are available on Keep Teaching to help you make decisions about your assessment strategy, and specialists at the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) are available to offer advice as you plan.

♦ Proctor in Canvas with Respondus Lockdown Browser + Monitor

If you plan to assess students using Canvas quizzes or assignments, Respondus Lockdown Browser + Monitor is available for all UC Davis courses to automatically proctor students. Requiring no live proctors, the service uses a blend of video recording and automated monitoring to flag suspicious behaviors for your review. If needed, video clips of suspected behaviors can be shared as evidence of academic dishonesty.


Additional Options:

♦ Proctor on Your Own Using Zoom

Proctoring using Zoom can allow an instructional team to observe students via their webcams during exams; however, this approach has significant technical and logistical limitations, including concerns about student privacy and effectiveness in discouraging academic dishonesty. Other approaches, including automated proctoring through Respondus LockDown Browser + Monitor or alternatives to traditional assessments, are recommended before pursuing a Zoom-based strategy.

This self-help guide offers context and suggestions to consider as you plan your Zoom proctoring. 

♦ Proctor Using Examity (only available for approved virtual “V” courses)

Examity online proctoring uses a combination of video chat and screen sharing to connect students with a live proctor who observes an entire testing session, recording possible suspicious behaviors for instructor review.