Consider how you can leverage technology to offer assessments online
Academic continuity may require adjusting deadlines for one, some, many or all students.
Students may struggle with time management or their own emotional responses to disasters they are experiencing or have just experienced. (Gravenberg, Carey-Butler, & Horowitz, 2008)
What can be done in Blackboard?
Blackboard supports several gradable options:
- Assessment (test, quiz, exam, essay, multiple-choice/standardized, timed)
- Assignment (upload file, create within Bb or Google)
- Discussion (interaction with class)
What if I do not use Blackboard?
If you give paper exams:
- Consider posting a low-stakes Bb quiz for practice.
- Respondus Test Manager (4.0) can be used to upload quizzes and exams that are in Word into Blackboard for online assessment.
If you assign papers or other written work:
- Post and collect a practice assignment in Blackboard.
SafeAssign may be used on assignments as a deterent for plagiarism and to determine the originality of student work. SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against online sources and a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works.
SafeAssign is based on a unique text matching algorithm capable of detecting exact and inexact matching between a paper and source material. Submissions are compared against several databases:
- Global Reference Database
- Institutional document archives
- ProQuest ABI/Inform Journal Database
Click here for more information about SafeAssign
Turnitin®, a third-party tool, may be used on assignments as a deterent for plagiarism and to determine the originality of student work. https://www.turnitin.com/
For more information about TurnitIn, contact the Faculty Center or AState Online Faculty Support.
Exams and Proctoring
AState offers several options for taking online exams with proctoring options.
Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. Students cannot print, copy, go to
another website, or access other applications. Once the assessment starts, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.
Respondus Monitor records each student while they are taking the exam. The videos are stores securely within the Blackboard course and are available for the instructor to review after the exam.
Click here for more information about Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
Online examinations for certain programs are proctored using the ProctorU system. For more information about ProctorU, contact AState Online Faculty Support.
RemoteProctor Now (RPNow)
Online examinations for the Online MBA through the College of Business are proctored using the Securexam Remote Proctor Now (RPNow) system. For more information about ProctorU, contact the AState Faculty Center.
Online examinations for certain programs are proctored using the ExamSoft system. For more information about ExamSoft, contact AState Online Faculty Support.
You access the Grade Center from the Control Panel. Expand the Grade Center section to display the links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, and the smart views.
Below are several helpful links to get your started with the Grade Center