By Markus Biehl, Professor of Operations Management & Information Systems.
I wanted to find a way to administer the midterm exam for my fall course through Canvas. I know from my time as AD Academic that a number of colleagues had, together with IS&T, experimented with various packages that supported the administration of online in-class exams, but none were easy to use or free of user error during the exam. So when Jeff mentioned that he had just seen a new package – Respondus Lockdown Browser – that promised to be easy to set up, work well with Canvas, and easy to use for the instructor and students, I immediately signed up for the pilot.
I was not disappointed. IS&T enabled the Lockdown Browser plugin in Canvas. I was then able to simply specify within Canvas that the quiz I had built needed to use the Lockdown Browser. That’s it. All Canvas functionality, such as exam passwords, IP limitations, start and end times (students will receive a 5-minute warning before the exam ends) remained available. Despite my class being the first at YorkU to use the Respondus browser, only 3 or 4 of the 42 students had some trouble after the start of the exam. All of this trouble was due to user error (e.g., logging in with their staff rather than their student account). 5 minutes into the exam all problems were solved. Not bad for a first attempt.