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8.4 Security Issues to Consider

It is important to protect your Gradebook and test questions. Review the following security suggestions for Instructor Passwords, Student Account Management, and Proctored Exams.

Instructor Password

  • Change your password often. Note: Your password should be at least 5 characters long and is case-sensitive. Please do not enter accented characters. We recommend that your password is not a word you can find in the dictionary, includes both capital and lower case letters, and contains at least one special character (1-9, !, *, _, etc.).
  • Never allow a student to see it. The instructor password grants access to all the grades in your class, and enables you to change grades. Use caution when entering it in front of students.
  • Your password is stored on the server in plain text. This means that the system administrator can read it. Therefore, do not use a password that cannot be disclosed to a third party.
  • When you log in, the time of your last login is recorded in your User Profile (accessible by clicking the Your Name (Role) link). You may check this log to determine if there are any unaccounted logins.

See Also:

Changing Your Password

Student Account Management

  1. Some students will log in to an assignment once or twice and click Submit Assignment without attempting any questions, to make a printout of the feedback. Using this feedback, they complete the assignment. There are three main solutions:
  • Set the feedback level to score only rather than giving out answers or solutions. (This approach penalizes the good students, too). For details, see Configuring Feedback Options.
  • If you are writing and using your own questions, you can edit the Feedback field and mask the correct answer. For details, see Configuring Feedback Options.

  1. Consider locking your class after an initial sign-up period to prevent registration of students that are not in the class and the creation of fake accounts. You can also delete unwanted accounts. For details, see Locking and Unlocking Class Registration and Deleting Student Records.

Proctored Exams

  • Proctors can authorize students to take and grade assignments of the type Proctored Exam. This usually depends on class size and the number of teaching assistants available to act as proctors. However, this double-checking approach keeps the testing environment controlled.
  • Proctors can use the Proctor Tools utility to avoid entering their password in front of students.

For more information, see Proctored Exams.

Proctored Browser

  • The Proctored Browser is a full-screen mode that blocks the student from accessing external web sites or other programs on the computer while taking a Proctored Exam assignment (note that the Proctored Browser mode supports connections to other course management systems). When used in a monitored setting, such as an on-campus computer lab where the use of other devices or materials is controlled, it prevents students from accessing external aids during the assignment.
  • By pairing the assignment type Proctored Exam with the use of the Proctored Browser, you can utilize both human monitors and a structured computer setting to maintain additional control over the testing environment.
  • Initially, the student receives a message saying that they are entering full-screen mode, which they must authorize to proceed. For more details, see Figure 8.1.
Authorization for Proctored Browser

Figure 8.1: Authorization for Proctored Browser

  • After the authorization screen, it will be detected if a student tries to bypass the restricted settings of the Proctored Browser (for example, by pressing a combination of keystrokes (Ctrl + Alt + Delete or Esc) that will exit the full screen). If this happens, the student sees a message telling them an email has been sent to the class instructor. The student must then be re-authorized into the assignment by a proctor or instructor.
  • Important: Proctored Browser is only compatible with Google Chrome™ and Mozilla Firefox®. It does not work in Internet Explorer® and Safari®.

For more information, see Using Proctored Browser.