As the semester draws to a close, COLRS wishes to remind faculty of several proctoring options available to use, especially on higher stakes exams such as finals:

Respondus actually offers two proctoring solutions, depending on faculty need. Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When enabled for a quiz in Canvas, students cannot print, copy, access other applications, or search the internet during the online exam. (Instructors can still include links to external webpages, spreadsheets, audio or video files, etc. in the exam.) Because LockDown Browser does not prevent students from using secondary devices such as iPads or cell phones, this is best used in a live testing environment, in which the instructor or a designated proctor can monitor students in a classroom or lab setting. LockDown Browser should already be installed in most on-campus classrooms and labs with computers. To confirm that LockDown Browser is installed in a specific room, contact ITS at 217-206-6000 or techsupport@uis.edu.

Respondus Monitor is a fully-automated proctoring solution that builds upon LockDown Browser and may be appropriate for online or remote students who are unable to come to campus to take an exam. Students use a webcam to record themselves during an online exam. Afterwards, flagged events and proctoring results are available to the instructor for further review. Respondus Monitor can be used on most devices (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, and iPads), and there’s no need to schedule a proctoring session in advance. Read more about Respondus.

The UIS Testing Center is open to in-person testing by appointment at no charge for UIS students, during the day Monday-Friday, and many evenings until 7:00 PM. The Testing Center also continues to offer remote testing via Zoom. (Students will need a laptop with webcam to test remotely; Chromebooks and phones are not allowed.) Students can schedule test appointments by emailing testingservices@uis.edu. Current hours are available on the Testing Center website.

Finally, for Illinois students who need an in-person proctor but are unable to come to campus, students may visit a local community college, usually for a nominal fee. To locate a testing service in the United States, the U.S. Territories, England, Singapore, Canada, or Puerto Rico, try the National College Testing Association. Read more about in-person proctoring options.

To discuss your particular test proctoring needs, please contact COLRS at colrs@uis.edu or 217-206-7317.