Honorlock Resources for Instructors
If you have been unable to replace proctored exams with alternative assessment strategies, you may wish to use Honorlock to help maintain academic integrity for your exams in Canvas. Online proctoring provides an alternative to testing in a proctored testing facility. Honorlock's online proctoring service is free to students and instructors and provides instructors a way of assessing students while they are taking courses remotely.
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Before using Honorlock, please note:
- Honorlock does not rely on live (human) proctors to review room scans or address academic misconduct. Rather, Honorlock's software locks down the student's internet browser and records both screen activity and webcam activity for your review. To reduce time spent on footage review, Honorlock's artificial intelligence (A.I.) flags specific behaviors and exam sessions for you.
- If Honorlock's A.I. detects suspicious behavior, an Honorlock proctor may "pop in" to check on the student. If the student is experiencing technical trouble (e.g., their webcam has turned off), the Honorlock representative may attempt to assist the student. If a student is not complying with your exam instructions, the student will be warned and the exam session flagged.
- Honorlock never makes determinations of academic misconduct. For this reason, instructors are responsible for revewing red-flagged exam recordings and are encouraged to spot-check yellow-flagged and green-flagged recordings as time permits them.
- Students have access to 24/7 Honorlock technical support. At any time, they can visit Honorlock Support to test their computer/hardware and troubleshoot problems with a live support technician. Honorlock also has a searchable knowledge base for answers to common questions. Additionally, students may chat with an Honorlock technician at any time within the Honorlock interface.
- Honorlock and FSU deeply value student privacy and data security. Under its contract with FSU, Honorlock is contractually obligated to comply with specific legal requirements for the privacy and security of student information. This contract provides ample security to our students, and access to exam footage is restricted to the course instructor, TA, and authorized FSU administrators.
- Honorlock Reference Guide (PDF) provides a guide on basic information on the Honorlock online proctoring application.
These Honorlock system requirements apply to your students:
- A laptop or desktop computer (not a tablet)
- A stable and reliable Internet connection
- Google Chrome browser (make sure you have third party cookies enabled)
- One-time installation of a Chrome browser extension (The system will guide you through this simple step, and you can remove it after use by following these instructions.)
- For students taking exams only: A webcam and microphone. (Most laptops have these built in.)
- The Office of Distance Learning created the Honorlock Training and Canvas Quizzes site in Canvas, where you can view the"Remote Proctoring for High-Stakes Assessments" webinar recording and find additional resources to help you get set up on Honorlock and learn how to use it. Contact us to receive the self-enrollment access link to this Canvas site.
- Need training for your department? Contact us to schedule a session for your faculty and/or staff.
Honorlock setup instructions
Important: Never modify or remove the code that Honorlock places in the Canvas "Access Code" box. This is automatically populated by Honorlock and is used to control access to the exam by the automated proctoring system. Modifying the code may result in Honorlock failure, including students ability to access the exam without codes and launching the exam unproctored.
- You must first make Honorlock visible in your course menu. See this article on editing Canvas course menus.
- Create your assessment as a Canvas Quiz as you normally would.
- Finally, enable Honorlock for your exam by following Honorlock's Using Honorlock with Canvas tutorial.
Important Note: Exams in courses copied from a previous semester will be disabled in Honorlock by default. Open Honorlock in the course site for the current term and enable the exams that will be proctored online as stated in item #3 above.
- Honorlock has a searchable knowledge base for answers to common questions.
- Honorlock has a status page to verify the system's operational status as well as updates, downtime and maintenance schedules.
- The Honorlock Faculty Guide is your general reference for enabling and using Honorlock. If you're short on time, see the video How to Use Honorlock for a quick overview of the service.
- If you are using third-party exams like Pearson or McGraw-Hill, see How to use Honorlock Universal.
- Specific Honorlock features:
For instructor help with Honorlock, please email [email protected]. There is also a live-chat option in the Honorlock interface within Canvas, or you can visit their support web page. If you need additional assistance or have further questions, please submit a support ticket and we will respond as soon as possible.
Viewing exam recordings in Honorlock
- All instructors should view the exam recordings directly and check for activity flags that may indicate academic misconduct.
- See this one-minute video for an overview of the simple process and the View Results Guide for instructions on how to navigate recorded student sessions.
- If you experience a session with lost footage, Honorlock provides a feature to request failsafe images.
- We recommend including the following syllabus text when choosing to use Honorlock in your course.
- We recommend verifying imported exams if you copied your course from a previous term to ensure that Honorlock is enabled for your high-stakes exams.
- We strongly recommend creating a practice exam for you and your students to pilot before administering your first graded exam.
- Please urge your students to always use the Honorlock chat tool for support during exams.
- Please be crystal clear about your exam rules in the Honorlock instructions for students and proctors boxes. To help you with this, we have made a Testing Rules for Honorlock Exams article that you can copy/paste into your instructions or link out to. Note: We have encountered instances where text pasted from Word into these boxes creates problems because of the HTML code MS Word uses. If you are going to compose these notes outside Honorlock and paste them in, please use a plain-text tool like Notepad.
- When adjusting your Honorlock settings, be mindful of the Student Guidelines portion, which will clarify any test-specific rules in force for your exam. For instance, if your students are having issues finding a quiet, private room to take their exam, you could allow them to take your exam in a public area and to allow background noise by selecting these options:
- For questions about information security and privacy, see the Honorlock Security and Privacy FAQ.