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Blackboard Test Availability Instructions for Online Exams

View this workshop training recording to learn about best testing options for online assessments at ACC. The recording was part of Distance Education Instruction series 2020.

If you have converted your exams into an online format for students to take from home, please follow the testing platform setup instructions based on the scenario which best matches how you wish your students to test under.

The Respondus test bank software is now available on the Virtual Desktop.  If you have not enabled Virtual Desktop, you can do so here.

Availability of testing platforms:

  • Respondus LockDown Browser/Monitor: Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, iPad
  • ACC Online Live Proctoring: Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, Chromebook
  • ProctorU: Windows and Mac PCs and laptops (Chrome or Firefox browser required)

Respondus and ProctorU testing is not available on Chromebook.

NOTE

ProctorU testing is currently contracted to allow institution pay for the duration of the emergency period.  However, the cost per test session is high.  We recommended ProctorU for high stakes exams if possible.  Please consider using alternative testing methods for lower stakes tests and quizzes.

IMPORTANT: ProctorU is currently experiencing unprecedented high usage during this emergency period.  They are requesting that faculty have their exams uploaded to their system a minimum of 3 weeks in advance of the opening of the testing window and for all exams to have flexible exam windows as scheduling slots will become limited in the lead up to Finals.

Expand the options below for instructions:

I want my students to test at home unsupervised
  1. Do not assign a password to your exams.
  2. Do not activate the Respondus LockDown Browser requirement.
  3. Set the Restrict Location option in your test settings to No Restrictions.
No restrictions option in test options
Restrict Location Option


I want my students to test using Respondus LockDown Browser at home

  1. Do not assign a password to your exams.
  2. Activate the Respondus LockDown Browser requirement.

    Respondus Lockdown Browser Settings
    Respondus Lockdown Browser Settings
  3. If you have a student that is using an iPad, under Advanced Settings, be sure to select the “Allow students to take this exam with an iPad” option.Enable the “Allow students to take this exam with an iPad” option.
  4. Set the Restrict Location option in your test settings to No Restrictions.
No restrictions option in test options
Restrict Location Option

 

Respondus LockDown Browser Communication for Your Students

Prepare students to use LockDown Browser, using this information: Respondus LockDown Browser Download & Information to Add to Your Syllabus


I want my students to test using Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor at home

  1. Do not assign a password to your exams.
  2. Activate the Respondus LockDown Browser requirement.

    Respondus Lockdown Browser Settings
    Respondus Lockdown Browser Settings
  3. If you have a student that is using an iPad, under Advanced Settings, be sure to select the “Allow students to take this exam with an iPad” option.Enable the “Allow students to take this exam with an iPad” option.
  4. Under Monitor Webcam Settings, select Require Respondus Monitor for this exam.Enable " Require Respondus Monitor for this exam"
  5. Set the Restrict Location option in your test settings to No Restrictions.
    No restrictions option in test options
    Restrict Location Option

     

    Respondus LockDown Browser Communication for Your Students

    Prepare students to use LockDown Browser, using this information: Respondus LockDown Browser Download & Information to Add to Your Syllabus

I want my students to test using ACC Online Live Proctoring

NOTE

If you intend to use a different testing method for your online exams but have a student with a Chromebook that cannot test otherwise it is recommended that you clone the exam(s) to make them compatible with ACC Online Live Proctoring.  Once you have done so, follow the instructions below.

  1. In the Blackboard test options, assign a Blackboard password.
    Screenshot of assign password.
  2. Set the Restrict Location option in your test settings to No Restrictions.

    No restrictions option in test options
    Restrict Location Option
  3. Do not activate the Respondus Lockdown Browser requirement (Respondus LockDown Browser is not compatible with ACC Remote Proctoring).
  4. Set a time limit of no more than 2 hours.
  5. Fill out the Faculty Testing Instructions Form.
  6. Distribute this PDF file to your student(s) so that they can be prepared for their testing session.

I want my students to test using ProctorU

  1. In the Blackboard test options, assign a Blackboard password.
    Screenshot of Blackboard test options, assign a Blackboard password.
  2. Set the Restrict Location option in your test settings to No Restrictions.

    No restrictions option in test options
    Restrict Location Option
  3. Do not activate the Respondus Lockdown Browser requirement (Respondus LockDown Browser is not compatible with ProctorU).
  4. Set up your instructor account with ProctorU.
    1. Go to the ProctorU login page for ACC.
    2. Press the sign up button to create your account.  On the next page, click “Instructor”.  On the following page, fill out all the requested information fields with your name and full contact information (be sure to include your ACC email address).  Agree to the terms of service and your account will be set up.
    3. Once your account is set up, your default home page on ProctorU.com will list any exams associated with your name.  If you have had students use ProctorU for your exams previously, it should display all the exams that were created previously for you by Distance Education.
  5. Follow the below steps on creating your test listing on the ProctorU website.
    1. From the ProctorU dashboard, click the “Add New” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen, then click “Exam”.
      Screenshot of on creating your test listing on the ProctorU website.
    2. On the next page, you will fill out the various fields to create your test listing.  Please note, the following bolded items are REQUIRED.
      1. Exam Title: include the subject and test number for the exam.
      2. Department: set this to “Institution Pay TCCTA”.
      3. Incident Users: click “Add User” and select your account to receive support ticket emails in the event of a problem during a test session.
      4. Instructors: click “Add Instructor” and select your account.
        Screenshot of exam settings - “Add Instructor” and select your account.
      5. Term: Leave it defaulted to “Spring 2020”
      6. Duration (minutes): enter a time limit for the test.  It is suggested to set this to the length of a normal class period (ie. 90 minutes)
      7. Exam URL: Insert the standard URL for ACC’s Blackboard.
      8. Exam Password and Confirmation: Insert the exam password you assigned in the Blackboard test options.
      9. Terms of Service: If you have special requirements of how the student is to conduct themselves during the test session, insert the text for them to agree to.
        Screenshot of special requirements of how the student is to conduct themselves during the test session.
      10. Permitted Resources: List any allowed supplemental materials that the student is allowed to use during the test.  If none are allowed, click “No resources allowed”.
      11. Permitted Browsers: Click on Chrome and Firefox only.
      12. Other Resources: If other materials are allowed beyond what is listed in Permitted Resources, list them here.
        Screenshot of where to list more permitted resources during testing.
      13. Expected No. of Test Takers: Estimate how many students you expect to request to take this test.
      14. Additional Exam Notes: If you have special notes for the proctor to operate using, add them here.  If you have a student(s) who has been allotted SAS accommodations, list the student name, ACCID number and those SAS accommodations.
      15. Notify on Schedule Emails: If you wish to be notified via email when a student has scheduled a session with ProctorU for the exam, list your email there.
        Screenshot of how to be notified via email when a student has scheduled a session with ProctorU for the exam.
      16. Contact Info: List your best contact information for the test if the proctor has questions or if an issues arrises during the session.
      17. Windows: List the start date for the exam.  Under “Last Appointment”, take the expiration time on the day in question and subtract the combination of the time limit you listed previously plus one hour for security and technical checks (ie. if your exam expires at midnight on March 15 and you have a two hour time limit, list the Last Appointment as “2020 March 15 – 9pm”.  You can also assign a name to this window if it applies to a specific class session but will be accessible for other class lengths (ie. 16-week versus 12-week).
      18. Click “Submit for Review”.
        Screenshot of how to be contacted for exam issues.
    3. On the following confirmation page, review your settings and confirm that everything listed is correct.  If you need to change something, click the “Exam Options” button and then click “Edit this Exam.”  If everything is correct and you need to create another test listing that has similar/identical testing instructions, you can expedite this by clicking the “Exam Options” button and then click “Clone This Exam”.  This will take you to a new exam listing creation page but will retain all of the settings and instructions you listed for the previous test.  Edit everything as needed and be sure that the test is named differently and the exam passwords are correct.  Repeat as necessary.

This article was created and is maintained by the Office of Academic Technology.

 

Updated on April 19, 2021

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