Faculty News: Final Exam Technology Resources

May. 6, 2020

As finals week approaches, we are here to help you prepare for remote exams. We compiled a list of instructional technologies and academic resources that you may find useful, particularly during this unique time.

Steps to Take Now

  • Make a plan. You need to decide how you are administering an online final exam. This could be an open-book test, an exam using a locked browser, or an alternate assignment.
  • Create a policy addressing technology failures. Sometimes technology does not work due to unforeseen circumstances (WiFi outage, computer crash, etc.). If this happens, your students should know if they can take a makeup exam, if it is a timed test, and the deadline to complete it.
  • Communicate your plan to your students in advance. You can do this by sending an email in WebCampus. Request that they share their concerns or needs with you in a timely manner. 
  • Ask your students if they have the technology they need to take the exam. Students can borrow a computer (with webcam) from the university. They need to fill out a computer loan form, and OIT will make arrangements with them to pick up the device. If a student has an accommodation request, contact the Disability Resource Center to ensure it is being met.
  • Share the IT Help Desk contact information with students in your email. They can assist with WebCampus and other technology questions.  
  • Do a practice test. If you are using LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor, you should make sure your students can use the technologies before a high-stakes exam. These tools require a webcam and can help deter unauthorized assistance during WebCampus exams; however, they will not work on a Chromebook.
  • Give tips to help minimize distractions during a remote exam. Students should find a private, quiet space; silence notifications; turn off cellphones; and block distracting websites.
  • Tell your students when they can expect their final grade. Make sure you give yourself enough time to enter grades in MyUNLV. Contact the IT Help Desk if you need your MyUNLV login credentials.

Final Exam Alternatives

  • Advanced WebCampus features: You can take advantage of some other testing options, including question banks, randomization, and time limits. Contact the IT Help Desk if you need assistance implementing any of these strategies.
  • Alternate testing: You can request a consultation through the UNLV Faculty Center if you would like to discuss different assessment options.
  • Respondus tools: LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor can help deter unauthorized assistance during WebCampus exams. Used together, the tools prevent students from printing, visiting another website, or accessing other applications, while recording the test session. LockDown Browser or Respondus Monitor is not available for Chromebooks.