Assessment Options for Fall 2020

A major challenge for instructors for the Fall 2020 semester is choosing the best method for assessing your students in an online environment. To assist in planning your assessments for remote delivery, we have created a guide on assessment best practices, found here

Additionally, IST has released some recommended options for hosting secure remote assessments for the upcoming semester. Here is a summary of their recommended options for secure exams:

Option 1: Smart Exam Monitor (SEM)

  • Monitoring: SEM provides identity validation, monitoring of the student’s physical environment, and some monitoring of the computers onscreen activity. It does not provide question security or full monitoring of the student’s computer activity.
  • Method: Instructors use eClass or another exam delivery method and use SEM to monitor the exam session.
  • Fees: Free.
  • Support: available through Tech in Ed at edexams@ualberta.ca.

Option 2: eClass exam combined with Examlock

  • Monitoring: Examlock is a quiz integrity tool that provides some identity validation through CCID access and reports on the student’s online and computer activities. It also provides some question security (although students could take pictures on their phones or screen recording programs) and the physical environment is not monitored.
  • Method: Instructors use eClass and Examlock to deliver their exam.
  • Fees: Free.
  • Support: available through Tech in Ed at edexams@ualberta.ca.

Option 3: eClass exam taken through Examlock and Smart Exam Monitor

  • Monitoring: Provides identity validation, monitors and reports on the student’s computer activities, monitors the student’s physical environment, and provides some question security with the exception of screen recording programs.
  • Method: Instructors use eClass and Examlock to deliver their exam and combine it with Smart Exam Monitor to monitor the session.
  • Fees: Free
  • Support: available through Tech in Ed at edexams@ualberta.ca

Please note, if you are planning on using Smart Exam Monitor (SEM) for your Fall 2020 assessments, you will need to fill out the IST request form by the August 24, 2020 deadline for each individual exam (e.g. one for your midterm and again for your final). Click here to access IST's form.

For additional questions about assessment options or available services, please contact edexams@ualberta.ca.