There are a number of ways to assess student learning in the online environment that promote academic integrity, one of which is to use an online proctoring tool. The Examity online proctoring service is now available to all UW-Madison faculty, instructors and students in credit-based courses.
Examity is designed to help instructors and students maintain academic integrity when completing online assessments delivered remotely. While Examity cannot fully guarantee exam integrity, instructors are encouraged to use the tool for higher-stakes exams in spring 2020 for the level of monitoring and resulting integrity it can provide.
When using Examity for an exam or proctored activity, the expectation should be made clear that all students in the course use the tool unless they require accessibility accommodations or are unable to acquire the necessary computer hardware.
This page provides an overview of Examity and a variety of support resources for you and your students. A statement on privacy is also included, which we encourage you to share with your students.
How it Works
While Examity provides live and automated proctoring, as well as other services, UW-Madison is only using the automated proctoring service. This decision was made in consultation with students, instructors and content experts across campus.
Protecting privacy of student information: The privacy and security of faculty, staff and students’ personal information is a top priority for UW-Madison. The university carefully reviews and vets all campus-supported teaching and learning tools – including Examity – and takes necessary steps to ensure that tool providers prioritize proper handling of sensitive data in alignment with industry standards and best practices.
Students using Examity will be required to accept an end-user licensing agreement (EULA) when initially launching the tool: this agreement has been reviewed by campus privacy, procurement and legal representatives, and has been deemed to be acceptable and in alignment with university policy.
Access through Canvas: You and your students have access to Examity through an integration with Canvas. Examity is designed for assessments built in the Canvas learning management system (LMS), particularly in Canvas Quizzes. Examity also works with external LTI assignments, including assessments built using Atomic Assessments.
Instructor selects allowable tools and resources for the exam: When setting up an exam, you can identify and select what tools or resources are acceptable for students to use when taking the exam. These may include a calculator, scratch paper or an open book.
Automated proctoring of the exam: Examity’s automated proctoring provides a level of exam monitoring using the exam-taker’s computer. To do so, Examity must install a small piece of software – a web browser extension – on the student’s computer. It then uses the computer’s microphone, video camera, and logs of keystrokes and mouse movements during the proctored exam to make determinations about whether certain behaviors should be flagged for further review by the instructor. Examity also requires students to present identification (such as a UW-Madison Wiscard) to verify their identity before engaging in proctored activities.
Instructor reviews recordings and flagged behavior: After the exam is completed, you can review recordings of each student’s exam or just the ones with flags that may require follow-up action. Flagged behaviors can include having additional people in the room, using a dual monitor, cutting and pasting answers and leaving the view of the webcam. Legal guidance provided to the university ensures that during an exam, the university and its instructors may gather this data for the academic purposes of exam integrity.
Student equipment needs: To learn remotely, students require technology and a level of internet connectivity that they may not need for a face-to-face course. This is especially the case when using Examity, which requires students to have a webcam, microphone, and stable internet access. Although most students will have the necessary equipment, some may not. It is recommended that you assess your students access to the required technology prior to using Examity. The expectation should be set that all students in the course use the tool unless they require accessibility accommodations or are unable to acquire the necessary computer hardware and software.