Updated November 17, 2020 – There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but Honorlock has 9 Ways to Uphold Integrity in Online Assessments.   In our latest infographic, we show nine ways that using a remote proctoring solution can contribute to your integrity efforts.

Let’s break them down in more detail:

  1.  Low Stakes Assessments – Nothing is worse for a learner than to realize their midterm or final will be taken with a new proctoring solution.  “Who are these people?  Does my school not trust me?  What if the software glitches and <gasp> I can’t finish my test?”  Rest assured, none of that will happen with Honorlock, but your learners might not know that and with all the craziness going on right now, who needs another thing, right?  Use low stakes assessments – think fun quizzes or something open book to start with until they get their proverbial proctoring feet wet.
  2. Test Banks – Use test banks that serve up questions randomly to students to minimize the urge to “fudge.”  And make sure that is known so they won’t be tempted in the first place!
  3. Concepts and Understanding – How questions are worded can make a big impact on how to gauge understanding.  For example, try to craft questions that students answer conceptually rather than a simple definition.  Rote is one thing, but the use of the concepts you are teaching better serves students.
  4. Limit Information Access – It goes without saying that limiting access to information during test-taking is the reason for proctoring solutions.  You need your students to be able to show they master content without relying on lookups.  But, you also need to make sure you don’t lock them out of necessary information they don’t need to commit to memory in order to solve a problem or demonstrate their mastery of a particular subject.  Things like figures and tables they need to solve a problem should be provided in the question or websites whitelisted in the proctoring system.  This helps students not spend precious brainpower remembering models when you really want to see if they can solve a problem in context.
  5. Knowledge Application – The granddaddy of all your time and effort as an instructor is how well your students can apply the knowledge you taught them.  Keeping reference material at bay during a test shows you they have mastered the material and can apply it.  This is the holy grail for employers too who will one day take that student as an employee.   A good way to prepare students for this hurdle is to design a low stakes assessment (see number one on this hit parade!).  It shows students how you will structure a “thinking” question for their finals and midterms so they aren’t surprised.
  6. Trust, but Verify – Using proctoring on all tests lets students know that it is an expectation of your course.  Also recommended is a conversation (virtually or F2F) about why integrity is so important – to the school, but also to the students who will have earned their degree in your institution.
  7. Syllabus Information – See number 6!  Your syllabus can work wonders in explaining expectations and why cheating is never an answer.
  8. Find Methods to Observe Behavior – Anyone that has developed online learning will tell you what one intends sometimes is not what is practiced.  What is meant by this is students can sometimes miss cues you might have felt were obvious.  For that reason, it is important to pencil in a full quality check that includes reviewing the usage logs (who is having trouble), watch the proctoring videos, or maybe even a search of student discussions.  All these help you see how your testing is being consumed so you can tailor it if need be.
  9. Last but not least – Request feedback.  We all depend on each other to fill that two-way communication street.  Let students know you want to know and encourage them to provide feedback to you.  Tip:  Listen to the feedback objectively and then do something constructive with it.  It could be something as simple as someone needs further explanation, but you won’t know if you don’t ask!

If you are an old hand at this, these tips can serve as reminders.  If you are new to online proctoring, these tips can help you navigate.

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