Instructional Tech News – Nov. 30

The semester is nearly complete! Here are a few instructional tech reminders as you wrap up.

Final Exam Proctoring Options

Instructors have a few options for final exam proctoring.

  • Respondus Lockdown Browser:  Respondus Lockdown Browser is an internet browser that establishes a secure testing environment within Blackboard.  While taking an exam in Respondus, students are not able to access any other functions or applications on the computer until the exam is complete. Learn more on the CIT website.
  • Respondus Monitor:  Respondus Monitor is an add-on feature for Lockdown Browser that uses a student’s computer webcam to record exam sessions, flagging suspicious behavior. More information about Respondus Monitor is available on the CIT website.
  • Examity: Through CARES funding, the College of Continues Studies was able to make a limited amount of online test proctoring through Examity available for final exams. Examity is an online proctoring service that offers live test proctoring. Learn more about Examity on the Bama by Distance website.

Importing Final Grades

Tasks you don’t do regularly (like importing final grades) are easy to forget.  Good news – we’ve got step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) for importing grades into myBama from Blackboard.

Looking Ahead, Blackboard Learn Update

Blackboard Learn will undergo a 24-hour update beginning Thursday, Jan. 7 at 5pm through Friday, Jan. 8 at 5pm. Blackboard Learn will be unavailable during this maintenance window. We’ll send plenty of reminders closer to the upgrade.

Book an Appointment

Let our team review your exam settings in Blackboard to help ensure a smooth exam experience for you and your students. The CIT is here to help. Book an appointment to meet with us online.