Examity Information for Faculty
Instructor Best Practices for Using Examity
- Allow for one week of lead time for courses to be in place within Examity.
- Follow exam set-up best practices (noted below) to ensure a successful testing experience.
- Lengthen testing windows. If you have a testing window of one hour, we recommend adjusting this to anywhere from several days to one week.
- Keep any additional rules or special instructions short.
- Make sure a password is set on the exam.
- In D2L, create a quiz; go to the Restrictions tab and enter a password in the Password field that is about halfway down the page.
- The password must only contain letters and numbers.
- Set multiple attempts within the exam (two or more).
- Create a practice exam.
- Allow students 10 attempts on the practice exam. Keep it very low stakes (perhaps a small amount of extra credit), but allow them to retake it multiple times.
- Tell students they are required to take the practice exam before they take the real exam.
- Make sure there is a large window for taking the exam - 48 hours.
- Set expectations with test-takers about what will be asked of them during their exam sessions.
- Consider where and when to build Examity into your courses. If you are uncertain,
please reference the table below.
When to use online proctoring:
- Large-enrollment classes
- Multiple-choice exams
- High-stakes exams (midterms, finals)
- Courses with a historically high incidence of academic misconduct
When to skip online proctoring:
- Low-stakes assignments (i.e., participation quizzes)
- Open-book/open-note exams
- Essay-based exams (consider Turnitin of SafeAssign as alternatives)
Remember to provide accommodations.
- Students will provide faculty with a letter from the Disability Access Center indicating any approved accommodation.
- You need only to add the accommodation for each approved student to D2L and give your student the additional required time.
- Examity may flag students for going over the time limit, but it will continue to proctor them, and you can ignore the flag.
- Utilize question banks for multiple-choice tests that randomize questions for each exam. Write your own questions so they cannot easily be found through an internet search.
- Deliver questions one at a time (rather than all on one page).
- Show correct answers only after the testing window has closed for all test-takers.
- Keep exam durations at two hours or less. Long testing sessions have higher risk of network interruptions.
- Students cannot take the exam at the last minute. Ex. If they have a 1 hour window and Examity says the exam is over at 11pm, students can’t access the exam after 10pm.
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- Administering Exams in D2L
- Administering Exams in a Third-Party Platform
- Automated Practice Exams
- Viewing the Session Recordings
If you have any questions, please contact the Examity team at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.