Remote Assessments

Blackboard tools like Assessments and Tests allow instructors to easily create online assessments.  

  • Review your courses’ learning objectives; think outside the box to remotely assess student achievement of these goals
  • Consider a variety of alternatives; to address concerns about test security, online exam options could include a final project; open-book/open-notes exam; shorter, more frequent, lower stakes assessments using Blackboard’s test feature; or an oral exam through Collaborate Ultra or Google Meet—scheduled in individual 20–30 minute appointments
  • Collaborative projects create a more student-centered learning environment and give students an opportunity to practice and demonstrate teamwork skills
  • Conduct authentic assessments (i.e., assessment involving real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills) to achieve the course learning goals
  • Work with the Center for Disability Resources to ensure that all accommodation requests are addressed appropriately
  • With or without a formal accommodations request on file, make sure that your exams are inclusive and accessible for all students by using principles of universal design for learning; one example is giving an extended time period for all students in which to complete an exam

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom web browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. After a one-time download, Respondus LockDown Browser will launch directly from Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications (unless the instructor has allowed these functions when setting up the exam in Blackboard). When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Respondus Live Proctoring offers a remote proctoring option that works with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and other video systems. The new “Instructor Live Proctoring” option uses LockDown Browser, while the instructor watches students live via video conferencing. This method is only recommended for small class sizes where instructors can effectively observe and track students during the exam.

It is highly recommended to hold a practice session in advance of the actual assessment.

Notify students

Instructors to intend to require Respondus tools for tests and exams are encouraged to state the requirement on their syllabus and in their course description.

The process of requiring Respondus Lockdown Browser starts with the Blackboard Test feature.  After the instructor creates the test, they should follow the instructions below, depending on whether the course is in Original or Ultra view:

Student information

Share this webpage with students to provide more information about the tool as well as the download links:

https://www.iit.edu/cli/online-learning-students/using-proctoring-tools-exams

NOTE: There is not a version of Respondus Lockdown Browser that is compatible with Chromebooks at this time, however, students may borrow a laptop from the Galvin Library if needed.

Respondus Support

Chuck Scott
Student Services Manager
Center for Learning Innovation
scott@iit.edu

The process of implementing Respondus Instructor Live Proctoring starts with the Blackboard Test feature and includes Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLB). The process works as follows:

  1. Create the test
  2. Locate the Lockdown Browser dashboard and select “Require LockDown Browser for this exam,” select “Allow live proctoring for this exam …” and then supply a “Start Code” (which prevents students from starting the exam early)
  3. Create a video conference session (Zoom or Collaborate Ultra) and provide the join information to students
  4. Students join the video conference but do NOT start Lockdown Browser until the instructor verifies video and sound required for proctoring (It is generally helpful to require students to utilize a separate USB camera that captures the whole work area including their computer screen, desk and person)
  5. Students open Lockdown Browser and locate the test
  6. Instructor provides the access code verbally and/or via chat and students begin the exam

More information

Once the student opens Lockdown Browser, they will not be able to see or access the video conference (or any other software) but it will keep running so they will be able to hear; the instructor will be able to see and hear the students. All students will be able to hear all other students (just as in the classroom) but will not be able to see them, so any in-exam questions and answers should be managed appropriately.

It is highly recommended to hold a practice session in advance of the actual assessment.

Chromebooks and iPads: There is not a version of RLB that is compatible with Chromebooks.  IPads do not allow the use of RLB and video conferencing at the same time. Students may borrow a laptop from the Galvin Library if needed.

Student information

Share this webpage with students to provide more information about the tool as well as the download links:

https://www.iit.edu/cli/online-learning-students/using-proctoring-tools-exams

Respondus Support

Chuck Scott
Student Services Manager
Center for Learning Innovation
scott@iit.edu

Instructors can also "hack" remote proctoring by creating a video conferencing session and an exam in Blackboard. The process works as follows:

  1. Create the test or assignment in Blackboard
  2. Create a Panopto Assignment in Blackboard called "Exam Recording"
  3. Set up a video conference in Zoom and put each student in a their own breakout room within the Zoom session; Zoom allows up to 50 breakout rooms
  4. Grant the students permission to create recordings during the session using the "Manage Participants" panel, or ahead of time by making all of the students "alternative hosts"
  5. Instruct the students to record the breakout room session locally (on their own computer)
  6. After completing the exam, the student should upload the recording to the Panopto assignment ("Exam Recording") in Blackboard. The students can either use their webcam (headshot of them working the exam), or share their screen, which would allow you to see the exam on the screen and their headshot in the smaller window
  7. Instructor can view the test or assignment results through the Grade Center, as well as the recording of the student completing the assessment

This method should be tested with the students in advance to make sure they and you are familiar with how things work.  Be sure to provide comprehensive instructions to the students.

Resources:

Instructors can also incorporate Respondus Lockdown Browser into this process, this would allow you to display the exam in Blackboard, and the students would be locked into the course page for the duration of the exam.