You have several choices when planning assessments for remote instruction, each with varying degrees of support and likely effectiveness.
♦ 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.
- Consider your options for assessing students, and discover alternative approaches to remote assessment
- Join the “Exploring testing alternatives: Promoting student learning through low-stakes assessments” webinar - find future offerings from CEE
- Schedule a consultation with an education specialist by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
Examity’s services were made widely available in spring 2020 during the pandemic-related sudden move to remote instruction. Due to the severity of issues that arose during that quarter, however, Examity will now only be available to approved virtual (V) courses for which the service was originally intended. Some exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.