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Assessment Tips to Prevent Cheating


  • Respondus LockDown Browser - Require students to use the Respondus LockDown Browser with online quizzes and tests. This is a custom browser that prevents Internet searches, accessing notes or other applications on the computer, or copying the exam questions themselves, among other things.
  • Respondus Monitor [ additional resources ] - Uses the student's webcam to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams. NOTE: Students will need access to a webcam for this tool. 
  • Instructors choosing to use Respondus tools for testing should ask their students to conduct a sample test to confirm that they have working components. ( Students (and instructors) can take it over and over to verify that everything is working, prior to the test.

Setting up Exams/Quizzes:

  • Mix Objective and Subjective Questions - Subjective questions may demand a deeper understanding of the subject being tested, are difficult to cheat on, and so can offset the impact of cheating on objective questions. 
  • Use Question Pools and Sets - Rather than using a fixed number of items that remain unchanged for each administration of the test, consider creating a question pool. Questions can be grouped by any number of criteria, including topic, subject matter, question type or difficulty of question. See the help page on Question Pools here . To learn more about how to use pools to create question sets, click here
  • Randomize Questions - There is a test option that allows you to randomize the selection of test questions as well as the order in which they appear. This strategy can address the issue of students who take a test at the same time in order to share answers. See the help page here for test presentation. 
  • Set a Timer - Students who are adequately prepared for a test may be less likely to rely on open book/notes compared with students unprepared for testing. See the help page here on setting a timer. 
  • Display Questions One At A Time - This will limit the ease for students to take a screen capture of the displayed questions and share them with other students. See the help page here for test presentation. 
  • Remind students before each test/quiz or test- there are no phones or other devices should be within their reach (e.g., on the desk, in a pocket, etc.). Frequent reminders convey to students you take cheating seriously, without saying the words themselves.

Other Assignments:

  • SafeAssign - Enable SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism detection software, in the assignment creation options. This goes for assignment and paper drafts as well for a pre-check. See the DoIT help page on Safe Assign here .

Additional Tip : Check study sites such as Course Hero for your own course content and request removal if necessary. 

References and Additional Resources 

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