This December, faculty may view a one hour training session on how to use Respondus Lockdown Browser to deter cheating on tests delivered through Blackboard. Please note that Respondus Lockdown Browser is a software program that is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.
Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams
In online courses, where a student completes a test off-campus without instructor supervision, online tests must be considered as open-book tests because students often have access to a wide variety of information resources. Furthermore, students with a mobile device would still be able to take pictures of the test questions as displayed on the computer monitor.
Although instructors may enable Respondus Lockdown Browser protections on a test in Blackboard to prevent students from printing a test, this software is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.
Faculty concerned about cheating in online testing are encouraged to consider these more effective countermeasures when creating their tests in Blackboard:
When deploying a test to a course, select the “Set Timer” and “Auto-Submit” options to limit the amount of time students have to complete the test once opened. Once the test session reaches its end, the student’s test attempt will automatically submit itself. This technique assumes that students who are prepared for the test will be able to complete it within the constraints of the timed session, but please remember to advise students of the time restraints so that they may plan accordingly.
To discourage students who have completed a test from sharing correct answers with classmates who have not taken the test, set the test’s feedback options to display only the student’s test score after submission. After all students have been graded, you may edit the test’s Test Options to show students their submitted answers, correct answers, and feedback.
Update or add new test questions to your pools each time you teach the course so that your tests will be different each year. This is an important countermeasure to students sharing the test questions and answers that they recall from memory with new students.
To review how to build a test in Blackboard, watch the videos in this training playlist
All faculty members are invited to attend any of the following workshops at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester to review how to use Blackboard tools that make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. No registration is required, simply attend the sessions of your choice.
Blackboard Beginning of the Semester Tasks
In this one hour information session, faculty will review essential tasks to prepare themselves for teaching with Blackboard. Topics covered include: How to log into Blackboard and access courses; adding syllabi to courses, making courses available to students, and identifying resources to support their use of Blackboard. Faculty may attend the session by coming to the Faculty Innovation Center or may attend remotely through our Collaborate meeting room (use provided link below).
Instructor Training for Respondus LockDown Browser
In this one hour webinar, faculty will receive in-depth training on using Respondus LockDown Browser, a tool in Blackboard that allows instructors to increase the security of online tests. It is best used in proctored testing environments, such as a lab or classroom. Faculty may attend a viewing of the webinar in the Faculty Innovation Center or register to view the webinar on their own computers.
Faculty provide grade feedback to students throughout the semester by using a course’s Grade Center. In this presentation, you will review how to create columns, enter grades and feedback, and apply best practices for managing the grading process. Faculty may attend the session by coming to the Faculty Innovation Center or may attend remotely through our Collaborate meeting room.