Proctoring a Closed-Book Exam in Zoom

Proctoring a Closed-Book Exam in Zoom

 

If you feel a closed-book, timed exam is important in your course, you can hold one in Zoom. All of your students will need to have access to a webcam (which could be their computer or even their phone). The below methods rely only on technologies that you and your students will already be using for your course. While these techniques potentially require more on trust than 3d party proctoring software, they make minimal demands on student computers and bandwidth and are likely to cause less stress for students.

To Give a Pencil-and-Paper Test

  1. Set up the exam as a Canvas Quiz with an access password.

  2. Add a single "File Upload" question, providing the exam paper as a pdf download.

  3. Direct students to complete the exam on paper and then take photographs of the pages and upload them into Canvas. 

  4. Provide an additional 10 minutes on the exam time to account for the upload process. 

  5. Have all your students join a Zoom session at the time of the exam. 

  6. All students must have a working webcam. Direct students to set up their webcam so that it shows a wide view of them in their work area. The setup should: 

    1. Allow the student to see their screen and interact with it;

    2. Help you to see that they are not using outside materials or communicating with others;

    3. NOT allow their individual test paper to be readable on the video. 

  7. Tell students to use private Zoom chat to ask questions of the instructor. 

  8. Once you have finished giving instructions, give the access password so students can begin the exam. 

  9. If, during the exam, you or a TF cannot adequately see a student work area, ask the student to reposition their camera.

 

See below for illustrative screenshots

To Give an Auto-Graded or Canvas-Based Test

  1. Set up the exam as a Canvas Quiz with an access password.

  2. Create your test questions using the available Canvas Quiz question types.

  3. Have all your students join a Zoom session at the time of the exam. 

  4. All students must have a working webcam. Direct students to set up their webcam so that it shows a good view of them in their work area. The setup should: 

    1. Allow the student to see their screen and interact with it;

    2. Help you to see that they are not using outside materials or communicating with others;

  5. Tell students that they will be taking a closed-book test and should close all applications and browser tabs other than the one for your course Canvas Site. Remind them that the Harvard Honor Code applies and that you expect them not to access outside materials during the test. 

  6. Tell students to use private Zoom chat to ask questions of the instructor. 

  7. Once you have finished giving instructions, give the access password so students can begin the exam. 

  8. If, during the exam, you or a TF cannot adequately see a student work area, ask the student to reposition their camera.

 

Screenshots Demonstrating Canvas Test Set Up

 




 

Proctoring a Closed-Book Exam in Zoom

 

If you feel a closed-book, timed exam is important in your course, you can hold one in Zoom. All of your students will need to have access to a webcam (which could be their computer or even their phone). The below methods rely only on technologies that you and your students will already be using for your course. While these techniques potentially require more on trust than 3d party proctoring software, they make minimal demands on student computers and bandwidth and are likely to cause less stress for students.

To Give a Pencil-and-Paper Test

  1. Set up the exam as a Canvas Quiz with an access password.

  2. Add a single "File Upload" question, providing the exam paper as a pdf download.

  3. Direct students to complete the exam on paper and then take photographs of the pages and upload them into Canvas. 

  4. Provide an additional 10 minutes on the exam time to account for the upload process. 

  5. Have all your students join a Zoom session at the time of the exam. 

  6. All students must have a working webcam. Direct students to set up their webcam so that it shows a wide view of them in their work area. The setup should: 

    1. Allow the student to see their screen and interact with it;

    2. Help you to see that they are not using outside materials or communicating with others;

    3. NOT allow their individual test paper to be readable on the video. 

  7. Tell students to use private Zoom chat to ask questions of the instructor. 

  8. Once you have finished giving instructions, give the access password so students can begin the exam. 

  9. If, during the exam, you or a TF cannot adequately see a student work area, ask the student to reposition their camera.

 

See below for illustrative screenshots

To Give an Auto-Graded or Canvas-Based Test

  1. Set up the exam as a Canvas Quiz with an access password.

  2. Create your test questions using the available Canvas Quiz question types.

  3. Have all your students join a Zoom session at the time of the exam. 

  4. All students must have a working webcam. Direct students to set up their webcam so that it shows a good view of them in their work area. The setup should: 

    1. Allow the student to see their screen and interact with it;

    2. Help you to see that they are not using outside materials or communicating with others;

  5. Tell students that they will be taking a closed-book test and should close all applications and browser tabs other than the one for your course Canvas Site. Remind them that the Harvard Honor Code applies and that you expect them not to access outside materials during the test. 

  6. Tell students to use private Zoom chat to ask questions of the instructor. 

  7. Once you have finished giving instructions, give the access password so students can begin the exam. 

  8. If, during the exam, you or a TF cannot adequately see a student work area, ask the student to reposition their camera.

 

Screenshots Demonstrating Canvas Test Set Up