Assess student learning during COVID-19

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IU Bloomington and IUPUI instructors teaching online courses during summer 2020

Before considering the use of Examity and proctoring, faculty should consider reducing the potential for academic dishonesty by adopting one or more of the following approaches in how they think about and implement summative assessments in their online courses for the summer semester:

  • Consider alternative forms of assessment: Rigorous assessment doesn't have to be limited to administering traditional exams and quizzes. For example, alternatives that draw on students' creativity (such as developing a product proposal or writing a story) can provide rich, viable alternatives to the traditional assessment. For more information and ideas for how you can assess learning without traditional proctored assessment, see Assess student learning.
  • Use other technologies: In some cases, you still need to employ technologies to assist in providing security or automated screening for academic dishonesty. IU provides a suite of tools like test banks and plagiarism detection with no fee to the department or the students. To explore these alternatives, along with other assessment strategies, contact your campus teaching and learning center.
  • When proctoring is the only option: In some cases, proctoring may be the only solution for courses in certain disciplines or due to accreditation requirements. If this is the case, IU has contracted with Examity to deliver proctoring services to our students.

Current policy

For the summer 2020 semester, IU supports the use of four of Examity's proctoring solutions. See the table below for a comparison of the options.

Because the distance education fee is not being fully assessed on these campuses, the costs of Examity may be charged to the academic unit or campus, depending upon the campus's use of Examity.
Auto authentication (Level AA)
Auto-proctoring premium (Level 1P)
Record and Review (Level 2) Live proctoring (Level 3)
Cost per student per exam No cost $6 $10 $15
Platform Windows, Mac, Chromebook Windows, Mac, Chromebook Windows, Mac, Chromebook Windows, Mac, Chromebook
Software download required?
Browser extention (uninstalls after session)
Browser extention (uninstalls after session)
Browser extention (uninstalls after session); videoconferencing app auto-installs and auto-uninstalls after session
Browser extention (uninstalls after session); videoconferencing app auto-installs and auto-uninstalls after session
Turnaround time Immediate 24-48 hours 24-48 hours 24-48 hours
Authentication procedure Automated Automated Live Live
Full recording available
No; snapshots of photo, ID, etc. are provided
Yes Yes Yes

Procedure for using Examity

Use of Examity at IU Bloomington or IUPUI requires setup and permission from your academic school. If, after exploring the other options described above, you believe that proctoring is the only viable solution for your course assessment requirement, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your school's dean for approval to use Examity, and have them send this approval to your teaching center. Schools can grant permission "in batch" by courses, if that is easier for them.
  2. Contact your campus teaching and learning center after this approval has been received to set up a time to review options and set up proctoring for your class.
  3. Expect the setup process to take two to three weeks to complete.

Be aware that COVID-19 is affecting all of our partners, and as a result, adjustments may need to be made to this procedure as more information becomes available.

For information on other assessment strategies, contact your campus teaching and learning center.

IU regional campus instructors using Examity

During summer 2020, IU regional campus instructors can use Examity, and costs will be covered via the distance education fee. While all proctoring levels are available, instructors are encouraged to consider and use the alternative assessments outlined above when designing courses. These assessment methodologies often provide better experiences for students as well as increased security compared to proctored exams. UITS recommends that you consider your proctoring needs and choose a proctoring level appropriate to your assessment. UITS and the Office of Online Education encourage the auto-proctoring premium alternative in most instances when proctoring is necessary. For more about proctoring levels, see Proctoring levels available.


For step-by-step instructions, see:

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