Using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Respondus remote proctoring of exams is now available for any Moodle quiz activity. There are two proctoring systems available:

  1. LockDown browser, where students take the quiz through an application on their desktop that does not allow internet activity, web browsing or the use of any other applications.
  2. Respondus Monitor, which uses a webcam to monitor the student during the exam. Recordings are saved and then can be viewed by the instructor. You must also use LockDown browser in order to use Respondus Monitor.

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Making the course available to students

 

You will need to access Course Settings to activate the course for students. Look in the upper-right part of the screen for the little gear icon next to ‘Turn editing on:’

When you click the little downward-facing triangle, the first choice is “Edit settings”:

Click on that, and then scroll down until you see “Course visibility.” It will be set to “Hide,” change it to “Show”:

Then, at the bottom of the page, click Save—and the course will be visible to students.

Copy materials from another course

It is very easy to import materials, including course section descriptions, files, quizzes and assignments, from a previous course rather than reloading them. During this import,  you do not have to include student submissions and grades, which would be the most commonly-used option.

First, go to the course site that you want to import materials to. Continue reading “Copy materials from another course”

Create an Assignment

First, make sure editing has been turned on in the course, as described in the “Editing a Course” post.  Go to the course section (week or topic) where you want to create an assignment.  From the “+Add an activity or resource” link, choose Assignment under Activities.  Then click the “Add” button at the bottom of the pop-up window.  You will then be working within the Adding a new Assignment window.  Continue reading “Create an Assignment”

Assignment Submission

The Moodle Assignments tool is a great way to have students submit their work to you. It will free up space in your email inbox, store all student submissions in a consistent location, and allow you to give students feedback online. It can also help mitigate issues where large files get “stuck” in student’s email outboxes and arrive in your inbox late (Moodle records detailed submission time information, and usually uploads files faster than they can be emailed). You can give the students ‘template’ files, and also accept short text submissions (rather than full files) or audio/video recordings. There’s also a variety of feedback types you can provide, including annotated PDFs and audio responses. Continue reading “Assignment Submission”

Using Rubrics and Marking Guides

When using essay responses to test students, grading is not able to be automated through Moodle. However, the process of grading can be made easier through the use of rubrics and marking guides. Adding a rubric to free-response questions offers the students a model to better address the content you’re looking for, as well as provide you as the instructor with a consistent model to grade responses. Continue reading “Using Rubrics and Marking Guides”