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Online Proctoring Guide for Honorlock Exams

During the period when courses are being conducted online, if you have been unable to replace proctored exams with alternative assessment strategies, you may be able to use the Honorlock Canvas tool to help maintain academic integrity for your exams in Canvas.

Students: If your instructor is delivering exams through Honorlock, please see our Resources for Students.

System Requirements for all Instructors and 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

Important: On July 1, Honorlock is updating its minimum system requirements and will no longer officially support the use of Honorlock with devices that use Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OSX 10.11, and Mac OSX 10.12. While we believe these operating systems should still work with Honorlock for the short term, we strongly recommend advising your students to test their systems in advance of attempting an exam via the link on the Honorlock Support.

Information for Instructors:

Honorlock now has a searchable knowledge base for answers to common questions.

Recorded and live webinars for instructors using Honorlock:

Exam Preparation:

For A&T Customers with Canvas exams:

If you requested Testing Center services at the beginning of the semester for exams at the Testing Center, at remote proctors, or via online proctors, please contact testing@campus.fsu.edu to confirm that you would like to use Honorlock proctoring. Once you do so, we will go into Canvas and enable your exams for Honorlock with the settings described on this page and add Testing Rules for Honorlock Exams. We recommend that you publish these as a course announcement for your students.

Please see Important Reminders and Documentation below.

All other Instructors:

Create your assessment as a Canvas Quiz as you normally would. (If you need help converting a traditional paper and pencil exam to Canvas, please see information about converting paper exams into Canvas.)

Once your assessment is created, please see the Important Reminders and Documentation below.

Viewing Exam Recordings (all Instructors):

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.

Assessment & Testing staff will be reviewing red-flagged incidents for possible Academic Honor Policy violations. Unfortunately, at this time we can only commit to doing so for all A&T customers (as defined above). We will attempt to review other exam sessions on request but cannot guarantee staffing to do so in a timely fashion.


Important Reminders and Documentation:

Critical Reminders:

We strongly recommend conducting a practice exam if you are at all uncertain about how all this works.

Please urge your students to check their system and Internet connection in advance per the information on our student resource, and 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. We recommend referring students to our Testing Rules for Honorlock Exams, but you are welcome to copy and modify these as needed. Note: we have encountered instances where text pasted from Word into these boxes creates problems because of the HTML code word uses. If you are going to compose these notes outside Honorlock and past them in, please use a plain-text tool like Notepad.

Important: do not enter or modify 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.

For questions about information security and privacy, see the Honorlock Security and Privacy FAQ

Help with Using Honorlock:

Is Honorlock down? Check the Honorlock status page to find out.

For help specifically with Honorlock, email support@honorlock.com. 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 email testing@campus.fsu.edu and we will respond as soon as possible.