There are several options and approaches available to NIU instructors to promote academic integrity while teaching and administering exams online/remotely. These options include leveraging exam options in Blackboard such as question pools, randomization, time limits and limited availability, alternative assessment approaches such as designed open book exams, projects, and presentations, and proctoring solutions such as Respondus Monitor and Examity. See Options for Delivering Exams via Virtual Instruction for a full discussion of these issues and options.
In addition to third party proctoring solutions, it is also possible to perform some of these supervisory proctoring tasks using a video conferencing tool, such as Zoom. Compared to these tools, Zoom has certain advantages and disadvantages.
This guide describes one approach to administering online exams using Zoom to allow instructors and TAs to proctor exams while students complete them online. These steps describe creating and configuring your exam in Blackboard, creating an exam proctoring meeting in Zoom, distributing meeting information, conducting the exam session, and reviewing the recording. Zoom has many features that could be leveraged for various proctoring strategies in addition to those described here. The design and content of your exam, your target audience, and your comfort with Zoom will in part determine how you can and should use Zoom for proctoring.
For more details about test creation and configuration, see Create Tests and Surveys.
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