Honorlock is an online proctoring tool designed to monitor students' activities.
How to set up Honorlock in Canvas
- Enable "Honorlock" in your courses' navigation menu (under Settings)
- Enable Honorlock in your quiz
- Provide information for students on what to expect, how to prepare for, and where to get help, when taking an online proctored quiz
- Create a low-stakes practice Honorlock quiz so students can become familiar with the software and testing environment prior to a "real" exam.
Student Honorlock Information & Support
- Honorlock Student FAQ
- Video Resources for Students
- Honorlock Student Privacy Statement
- Honorlock Student Support
Faculty Honorlock Information & Support
Honorlock & TLC - Proctored Exams
Need an alternative to Honorlock online exam proctoring? The TLC Testing Centers provide exam proctoring with a live in-room proctor and eliminate concerns regarding student privacy! See below for how to allow students the option to have their exam proctored in person in the TLC Testing Center vs. online using Honorlock.
- Visit Information for Faculty to learn more about how the TLC Testing Center can support you and your students.
- Download PDF with instructions
How to give students the option for on-campus proctoring at the TLC
To allow students the option to have their exam proctored in person in the TLC Testing Center, follow these steps:
- Complete TLC Test Proctor Request Form
- Instruct your student(s) to make an appointment on the TLC Testing Center webpage
- When the student arrives for their exam appointment, the testing clerk will enter a secure bypass code to allow the exam to be proctored in person without the use of Honorlock.
- Complete the TLC Test Proctor Request Form (please review FAQs prior to first submission).
- Instruct your student(s) to make an appointment on the TLC Testing Center webpage.
When the student arrives for their exam appointment, the testing clerk will enter a secure bypass code to allow the exam to be proctored in person without the use of Honorlock. Please see below for more info about the student experience.
Students should visit the TLC Testing Center webpage to:
- make their testing appointment at either of the COC campuses
- read tips for testing at the TLC
- learn how to schedule their exam
- learn how to take COC exams at alternate locations, through the Calfiornia Community College Online Proctoring Network
What to expect at the TLC Testing Center
When a students arrives for their in-person proctored exam appointment, they will present their photo identification to a Testing Clerk. The testing Clerk will review the exam rules (from TLC Proctor Request From) with student, and escort the student into exam proctoring room desk and/or computer.
- If exam is online & initiates Honorlock, Testing Clerk will enter a secure bypass code to allow the exam to be proctored in person without the use of Honorlock.
- Testing Clerk will monitor student’s computer screen in real time via secure software, and will notfy Instructor of any observed exam rule violations via email.
Is online proctoring right for my class?
While considering whether or not to ask students to use online proctoring software, please be aware of the concerns that students have expressed about the use of this type of tool. See below for recent news articles on online proctoring to provide additional perspectives for you to consider.
Adhering to Title V Standards
Title V Section 55005 - Publication of Course Standards requires that “[f]or each course offered, a community college shall make available to students through college publications all of the following facts before they enroll in the course:
….Whether the course is offered in a distance education format, and if so, include the following information:
- All online and in-person synchronous meeting days/dates and times;
- Any required asynchronous in-person activities;
- Any required technology platforms, devices and applications;
- Any test or assessment proctoring requirements.”
This information can be disclosed to students via an orientation letter and in comments in the schedule of classes.
If you decide to ask students to use an online proctoring tool, we encourage you to:
- Inform students prior to registration what software and hardware they will need. You can do this via your Orientation Letter and in the comments in the schedule of classes
- Install the software on your personal computer in your personal space to understand the user experience
- Know how you will accommodate students with neuromuscular conditions or disabilities that prompt them to move their bodies in ways that don't conform to the parameters of this product
- Know how you will protect the privacy of non-students who are captured in the recording of the proctoring session (e.g. young children who cannot be left unattended by their parent)
- Know how you will accommodate students who cannot afford a device with a web cam or microphone
- Know how the settings you choose align with the California Privacy Rights Act.
- Provide the option for students to have their exam proctored in person in TLC if they prefer not to use proctoring software.
What other tools can I use to help ensure assessment integrity?
Please see below articles for best practices, strategies and ideas for creating authentic assessments without the use of proctoring software:
- Authentic Assessment in Online Learning - COC Faculty Resource course
- Best Practices for Remote Examinations - UC Berkley
- Strategies for Canvas Assignments & Facilitating Activities - Indiana University
- Strategies for Assessing Learning in Canvas - Indiana University
- Strategies for Preventing Academic Integrity Issues - Penn State
- Ideas for Alternative Assessments - Linked In
- “the Student Senate for California Community Colleges advocate[s] for the elimination of all proctoring systems … throughout all 116 California community colleges,” SSCCC Resolution Elimination of Proctorio and Proctoring Systems, Spring 2022
- Cal State LA's resolution on the use of third-party online proctoring systems, May 6, 2021
- "The pandemic showed remote proctoring to be worse than useless", Doctorow , June 23, 2021
- "Colleges turned to software to catch cheaters during the pandemic — so why are some schools banning it?", MarketWatch, May 18, 2021
- "Schools Are Abandoning Invasive Proctoring Software After Student Backlash", Motherboard Tech by Vice, Feb 26, 2021
- "Class action: Northwestern's online test proctoring wrongly collected face scans, other biometric identifiers" Cook County Record, Feb 5, 2021
- "University of Illinois drops Proctorio due to significant accessibility concerns" Inside Higher Ed, Feb 1, 2021
- "What happens when you close the door on remote proctoring? Moving towards authentic assessments with a people-centered approach" To Improve the Academy, Dec. 21, 2020
- "2000 Parents Petition McGraw-Hill to Stop Using Remote Proctoring Tools" EdSurge, Dec. 17, 2020
- "Automated Proctors Watch Students. Now Senators Are Watching These Companies" EdSurge, Dec. 8, 2020
- "Big Ed-Tech Is Watching You: Privacy, Prejudice, and Pedagogy in Online Proctoring" Brown Political Review, Dec. 6, 2020
- "Blumenthal Leads Call for Virtual Exam Software Companies to Improve Equity, Accessibility & Privacy for Students Amid Troubling Reports" Richard Blumenthal United States Senator for Connecticut, Dec. 3, 2020
- "College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software" Voice of San Diego, Nov. 30, 2020
- "Guidance on Online Assessment and Proctoring Software" Contra Costa College Distance Education Committee, Oct. 29, 2020
- "An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits" Vice, Oct. 21, 2020
- "SFSU Academic Senate Resolution on Third Party Proctoring" San Francisco State University, Sept. 2020
- "How It Feels When Software Watches You Take Tests" New York Times, Sept. 29, 2020
- "Students Are Pushing Back Against Proctoring Surveillance Apps" Electronic Frontier Foundation, Sept. 25, 2020
- "Online Proctoring – Impact on Student Equity", Online Network of Educators, June 1, 2020
- "Surveillance U: Has Virtual Proctoring Gone Too Far?", YR Interactive