#TechTipThursday- Deter Cheating and Maximize Instructional Time with Honorlock

Authored by Molly Mancini, ITC

How to enable Honorlock for a Quiz in Canvas

Honorlock is a cheating deterrent supported by the DEC.  Honorlock easily integrates into Canvas, and is considered a step up from its predecessor, Respondus LockDown Browser, which was its own browser which had to be downloaded onto each student’s computer.  Honorlock is a Google Chrome extension that can be easily enabled in the Chrome Browser.  To Enable Honorlock into your course, go to the “Settings” tab and then click the “Navigation” tab located at the top.  From there, simply drag and drop the “Honorlock” tab into the course navigation menu.  Be sure to click the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the screen. Now Honorlock has been added to your course navigation menu.

When the professor clicks into their Honorlock Tab, all of the quizzes they have created in the course will appear.  To enable Honorlock in a specific quiz, click the blue “Click to Enable” Button. From here, a drop-down will appear, displaying all of the features Honorlock has.  The professor then has to click the blue “Save” button at the bottom and then, Honorlock is enabled!

Honorlock offers multiple features including recording the student using a webcam, recording the screen of the student’s computer as they are taking the exam, recording the audio of the student, and recording the student’s web activity.  Every feature that has a “lock” symbol next to it is permanently enabled.  Other required features include disabling the copy and paste feature, disabling the printing from the exam, and disabling multiple displays.  Honorlock also has a variety of optional features including requiring the student to take a picture before taking the exam, requiring the student to show a student ID, requiring the student to scan the room, and testing the student’s network speed before beginning the exam. Other optional features included having a browser guard present and whitelisting specific sites.

Whitelisting is when a student is given access to specific URLs, but they do not have access to any other websites except those designated by the professor.  This could include articles for a quiz or an online textbook.


How do students enable Honorlock?

When students go to the quiz/test they are taking, the quiz will show an error, saying that they need the Honorlock Extension.  Without the extension, they will not be able to take the quiz/test.  When the student clicks the checkbox and clicks the blue “Get Started” button, it will redirect them to download the Chrome extension.  Once the extension is downloaded, they will be able to start the exam.”

Note: it is considered best practice to have students complete a practice quiz with Honorlock before completing a graded assessment.

Why Use Honorlock?

While no software guarantees that cheating will not occur, Honorlock functions as one of the best cheating deterrents on the market today.  Honorlock records the test taker’s screen, prevents access to external sites, and provides the instructor with a wealth of actionable intelligence if they suspect cheating occurred.  In addition to maintaining test security, Honorlock affords instructors the opportunity to have students complete assessments outside of class, thereby maximizing instructional time for face to face classes.

Professors should consider the use case in which they would use an Honorlock proctored assessment.  Is it in class or remote?  Synchronous or asynchronous?  Is this for a short review quiz or a major summative assessment?  Depending on the use case, professors may choose from a wide array of settings to best suite their test security and integrity needs.

Not sure which ones to enable?  Call the DEC to learn more!   434-395-4332


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