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Blackboard Quizzes and Exams: Force Completion and Respondus LockDown Browser Password

When administering a quiz or test online via Blackboard, the Distance Education and Instructional Technology (DEIT) department suggests that the Force Completion test option not be selected.

With Force Completion selected, any exit from the quiz or test counts as the student’s attempt – this applies even in the instance of a device malfunction or loss of Internet connectivity (using a wireless internet connection can have common, brief breaks in connectivity). In these instances, students are unable to recover any work they’ve completed on the exam (quizzes and tests cannot be reopened where the student left off). This often leads to a lot of laborious workarounds to get one or two students caught up for a technical error.

Instead, DEIT recommends using the Timer function along with turning the Auto Submit feature ON.

With this setup, a student has exactly as long as you allow from the time they start the exam (the clock is dependent upon the Blackboard server, so if a student starts a test at 1PM with a time limit of 60 minutes, they only have until 2PM to finish – they cannot exit at 1:20PM and then still have 40 minutes to use whenever they so choose). This provides students an opportunity to recover from potential system glitches or loss of Internet.

If you also want to ensure that students cannot close out of the test to check other resources, please activate the Respondus LockDown Browser for quizzes and exams.

*All students have access to the LockDown Browser tab on the navigation menu in each course, which will walk them through the process of downloading, installing, and testing the functionality of the LockDown Browser software prior to attempting a graded assessment with this tool.

If the LockDown Browser is activated for a quiz or exam, Respondus creates a unique string of letters and numbers in the Password field under Test Options to connect to that assessment.

 

 

This password should not be modified or removed (if students are properly using the LockDown Browser, they will not be prompted for it).

In the instance that the password is modified or removed, students will receive a message stating that there is a problem with the test settings and to contact the instructor. To fix the problem, go back to the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard (under Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser) and click on the Fix It button, which will be located to the right of the quiz/test name.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Force Completion test option or the password that’s created with the use of the Respondus LockDown Browser, please contact DEIT at deit@desales.edu (or by phone at 610-282-1100 ext. 2290).

Instructor Training Webinar from Respondus – Prevent Cheating during Online Exams

To register and find more information, click here: www.respondus.com/webinars

Are you worried about cheating during online exams in your course?

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor are two academic dishonesty prevention tools licensed by DeSales and available to all instructors to use in their Blackboard courses. The Lockdown Browser prevents students from actions such as copying and pasting, viewing additional web pages, and having other programs open on their computer on Lockdown Browser-enabled exams. As a second layer of cheating prevention, adding Respondus Monitor to a Lockdown Browser-enabled exam will record students via webcam throughout the duration of the online exam to ensure there are no books, notes, or other outside help sources.

If you would like to learn more about these two academic integrity testing tools, instructors are invited to attend the LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams webinar sessions hosted by Respondus. These webinars will be held on Wednesday, 2/17 at 1 PM ET and Wednesday, 3/2 at 8 PM ET. Please note these webinars are open to instructors from all institution, since this session is hosted by the Respondus Training team and is not specific to DeSales University faculty – feel free to pass this opportunity along to colleagues at other universities!

The FREE, 45 minute webinar will include:

  • How Lockdown Browser and Monitor prevent cheating in proctored and non-proctored exams
  • Live demos of software
  • Helpful tips & tricks on getting started with both tools

To register for either session, click here: www.respondus.com/webinars

If you have additional questions on how to get started with Respondus Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor right away, please contact the DEIT Department (x2290 or deit@desales.edu), and we will be happy to walk you through enabling Respondus for your exam.

Questions? deit@desales.edu

Respondus Lockdown Browser/Respondus Monitor Tests

If you would like to add security to your online tests using either Respondus Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor, do NOT create and distribute a Password for the test under “Edit the Test Options”. When students input the test password, they are able to bypass both Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor to take the test in a normal browser without additional security.

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Questions? deit@desales.edu

 

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