Faculty Overview

During the pandemic, many courses will be offering virtual options, including assessing students in Blackboard. Many faculty are concerned that online learning means more cheating in class, but multiple studies, tracking students who are taking online and face-to-face courses in the same semester have shown that students are NOT more likely to cheat online than they are face-to-face. Approximately 30% of undergraduate students admitted to some form of academic dishonesty in both types of delivery modes.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 has been effect since 2010. Since that time, the institution is required to publish a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution at the time of student registration. As of July 29, 2020, no changes have been made to this federal regulation, so we cannot ask students to pay a fee for test proctoring at this point.

Fall 2020 Options for Preventing Academic Dishonesty

  • Use SafeAssign plagiarism tool on Blackboard Assignments: SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool that allows you to check the originality of an assignment submission against our institutional repository of student work and internet-based sources. Students should be allowed to view their originality reports. You can have students turn in work on a rough draft by checking the “do not add to repository” option on Submission Details, where the SafeAssign option is located on the Edit Assignment Options page. Blackboard SafeAssign Help for Instructors SafeAssign information for students
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser: Software the student downloads on their personal computers. It functions as its name intends: a browser that prevents students from opening any other browser on their screen, prevents multiple tabs, or prevents access to other software. The download information for students and information on use can be found by logging into Bb and click on Tech Support on the top tab. The Assessment module contains information for Respondus.
  • Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor:For use in conjunction with LockDown Browser, records students taking exams and requires microphone and webcam. The program will flag suspicious activity and allow the instructor to review the video to investigate the activity that caused the video to be flagged.*Both tools require students to have high-speed internet access and their own device. These tools are not meant for users who have low-bandwith, or are trying to accomplish academic tasks on a mobile device.

Tips to Keep Students from Cheating

  • If you use test banks, chances are, your questions and answers are already searchable on the internet. If you are using a new text, with new test bank questions, consider using only a portion of those questions at a time, and change them each semester.
  • If you are using the Test tool in Blackboard, consider letting us help you create test pools for each chapter. Test pools can be used to created a Test made up of random blocks. Random blocks allow you to choose how many questions and question types from each pool you want to use and how much their point value is worth.
  • Utilize various Test options like randomizing all of the questions on the test, setting a timer (never use Force Complete), or break up your testing materials into shorter tests.
  • Offer varied assessments. Students deserve more opportunities than just multiple choice tests to show that they are competent. (If you’d like pedagogical considerations, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.)
What is Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB)?
What makes the Lockdown Browser different from a regular browser?
Considerations When Planning to Employ the Use of LDB for a Test
Preparing a Test with LockDown Browser
Link for Students to Use to Download LockDown Browser

Adding Respondus Monitor Feature

What is Monitor?
Considerations for Using Monitor
How to Add Monitor to an Assessment
How Do I Review Monitored Videos?
Other Training and Support

Independent Proctoring

View our Independent Proctoring website to see the list of options for using an independent proctor.

Student Overview

Some of your courses may require you to take proctored exams. If so, you will be notified within your course by your instructor on which method of proctoring is required.

To Schedule an Independent Proctor

To begin scheduling your proctor you will need the Student Verification Statement & Proctoring for Blackboard Classes form, then;

  • Step 1: Fill out form
  • Step 2: Submit form to course instructor

Note: Upon receipt of this form, the instructor of record will approve or deny the application. The instructor reserves the right to reject a proposed proctor; should this occur the student must seek a new proctor prior to the examination date. Marshall University officials have the right to contact a designated proctor to establish credentials and may at any time request additional verification or mandate an alternate proctor. The proctor services may be terminated at any time by any or all three active parties (student, proctor, MU) with written notice to all parties involved.

On the day of your exam

  • Bring a valid form of photo identification
  • Bring all items required by your instructor to take your exam

Download Respondus Lockdown Browser

Click to download the Lockdown Browser. If your instructor requires the use of LockDown Browser, and possibly Monitor, you should download the link when the semester begins on any computer that you plan to test on. If you are using a public computer, you must work with the owner or establishment prior to downloading the browser. If you are on a Marshall campus, using a campus computer, the browser is already downloaded on the machine.

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