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Honorlock Resources for Instructors

Students: If your instructor is delivering exams through Honorlock, please see Using an Online Proctor before getting started.
Instructors: In the spring of 2023, the university moved to reduce and limit the practice of proctoring exams with a remote/online proctoring service to distance learning courses or those in which it is the most effective solution. Instructors are encouraged to take advantage of other proctoring solutions that include the FSU Testing Center, Scantron sheets, and in-class proctoring. If you need assistance redesigning assessments, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Office of Digital Learning are available to help.

Honorlock helps to enhance the security of exams in Canvas by allowing you to proctor them online. Available for use in distance learning courses (or other courses in which remote/online proctoring is the most effective solution), Honorlock captures screen and webcam footage and flags any unusual activity. Recordings of exam sessions must be manually reviewed. For more information, see the sections below:

Before using Honorlock

  • Instructors must submit a request to enable Honorlock:
    • Instructors not using the Testing Center for exam services or those who wish to use it for special circumstances should complete an instructor request to enable Honorlock.
    • Instructors who request services through the Testing Center's Instructor Request application and select the option to allow online proctoring do not need to submit a separate request to have Honorlock enabled. It will be enabled automatically as part of their Testing Center services.
    • Please note that face-to-face courses using the main campus Testing Center to administer in-person exams are not eligible to also receive Honorlock online proctoring services.
  • Honorlock's Live Pop-In proctoring requires students to pay a fee directly to Honorlock. Students can choose to pay $4.45 per exam or $9.95 per course. Instructors are responsible for disclosing these costs to their students.
  • Honorlock's Live Pop-In service is a hybrid between automated and live proctoring. AI runs in the background and notifies Honorlock proctors of suspicious activity. Proctors can then "pop in" to a student's exam session in real-time to help address any problems or check for academic misconduct.
  • Students have access to 24/7 Honorlock technical support. At any time, they can visit Honorlock Support to test their computer/hardware and troubleshoot problems with a live support technician. Honorlock also has a searchable knowledge base for answers to common questions. Additionally, students may chat with an Honorlock technician at any time within the Honorlock interface.
  • FSU values student privacy and data security. FSU's contract with Honorlock supersedes Honorlock's general Terms of Services and includes specific legal requirements for the privacy and security of student information. Access to exam footage is restricted to the course instructor, TA, and authorized administrators only. See the Honorlock Security and Privacy FAQ webpage for more information.

Technical requirements

These Honorlock system requirements apply to your students:

Training

  • The Office of Digital Learning created the Honorlock Training and Canvas Quizzes site in Canvas, where you can view the "Remote Proctoring for High-Stakes Assessments" webinar recording and find additional resources to help you get set up on Honorlock and learn how to use it. Contact us to receive the self-enrollment access link to this Canvas site.
  • Need training for your department? Contact us to schedule a session for your faculty and/or staff.

Setup instructions

Important: Never modify or remove the code that Honorlock places in the Canvas "Access Code" box. This is automatically populated by Honorlock and is used to control access to the exam by the automated proctoring system. Modifying the code may result in Honorlock failure, including students' ability to access the exam without codes and launching the exam unproctored.
  1. You must first make Honorlock visible in your course menu. See this article on editing Canvas course menus.
  2. Create your assessment as a Canvas Quiz as you normally would.
  3. Finally, enable Honorlock for your exam by following Honorlock's Using Honorlock with Canvas tutorial.

Note: Exams in courses copied from a previous semester will be disabled in Honorlock by default. Open Honorlock in the course site for the current term and enable the exams that will be proctored online as stated in item #3 above.

Support resources

Viewing exam recordings

  • All instructors should view the exam recordings directly and check for activity flags that may indicate academic misconduct.
  • See this one-minute video for an overview of the simple process and the View Results Guide for instructions on how to navigate recorded student sessions.

Recommendations

We recommend the following when using Honorlock:

  • Include the following syllabus text when using Honorlock in your course.
  • Verify imported exams if you copied your course from a previous term to ensure that Honorlock is enabled for your high-stakes exams.
  • Create a practice exam for you and your students to pilot before administering your first graded exam.
  • Urge your students to use the Honorlock chat tool for support during exams.
  • Be clear about your exam rules in your syllabus and in the Honorlock instructions for student and proctor text boxes.
  • Be mindful of the Student Guidelines section when adjusting your Honorlock settings. This will clarify any test-specific rules in force for your exam. For instance, if your students are having issues finding a quiet, private room to take their exam, you could allow them to take your exam in a public area and to allow background noise by selecting these options:
  • See the Honorlock Security & Privacy FAQ for questions about information security and privacy.
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