Exam Proctoring for Remote Learning 

SDS Exam Services is now functioning virtually and is unable to proctor exams in our office until further notice. All exams scheduled in our office will need to be proctored remotely using technology.  We recommend that students and instructors have a conversation about what accommodations are needed for the exam and what can be provided remotely.

Many students already have technology on their own computers that allow them to achieve their accommodations. Our hope is to use this software to find a solution that works for the instructor and student. There will likely be issues as we work through these changes but SDS is available to consult.  We may need to consult with ITS for additional expertise as well.

Instructor and students should have a discussion about what accommodations are needed for each quiz or exam. Most exams can be proctored with minimal extra effort by the student and instructor. For exams that are more complicated, please email your questions or concerns to sds-exams@uiowa.edu.

Here are some testing suggestions for online assessments:

Do not require Lockdown Browser (LDB) or Proctorio.  The student’s assistive technology should work in ICON if these “locked down testing” tools are not required.  You can copy the exam to make a version that doesn’t require LDB or Proctorio.  Many teachers are doing this, allowing open book/notes but making the exam more about application of the knowledge as opposed to memorization.

Below is more information on ways to provide testing accommodations remotely:

Additional time:  Here are links that explain more about that:

Use of a computer to read or write the exam:

Many students already have technology on their own computers that allow them to achieve their accommodations. Students can do a free download of Read&Write Gold from ITS.  https://its.uiowa.edu/rwgold

ITS has information regarding the technology available for online proctoring.  There are a few options:

Comparing all three:  https://teach.uiowa.edu/respondus-vs-proctorio-comparison

Please note that these three applications will not allow the use of additional assistive technology to be used during the exam.  If your students need to use assistive technology during the exam, instructors can proctor using Zoom.  https://teach.uiowa.edu/sites/teach.uiowa.edu/files/proctor_with_zoom.pdf

Helpful resources:

Testing Environment:  Students are taking online quizzes/exams in their own environments so they can choose their location and manage distractions themselves.

  • Reduced Distraction Environment
  • Allow short breaks during class or exams.
  • Please along wall on in a corner of reduced distraction room
  • Adaptive lighting for exams
  • Adaptive furniture for exams
  • Ability to vocalize during exams

Timing:  Instructors should adjust the test duration according to the student’s accommodations and be flexible with the time of day.  

  • Extended time (any amount)
  • No evening exams
  • No morning exams
  • AM exams only
  • No pop quizzes
  • Take in-class quizzes beforehand

Formatting:  Instructors should speak with the student regarding these accommodations and possibly alter the format of the exam to help accommodation the student.

  • Alternative format for exams.  Braille/Enlarge Word/PDF
  • Scribe for scantron (Not an issue for online exams not requiring a scantron)
  • Examinations over multiple sittings
  • Scribe for essay exams

Assistive Technology:  Many students already have technology on their own computers that allow them to achieve their accommodations or can download them for free from the ITS website.

  • Use of computer software to read exam text (Read&Write Gold  https://its.uiowa.edu/rwgold)
  • Use of computer software to enlarge text (Assistive Technology)
  • Use of CCTV/magnifier for exams
  • Use of computer software to record answers (voice recognition)
  • Use of computer to record exam answers

For Exam Services related inquires, please contact sds-exams@uiowa.edu.