Examity for Instructors and Course Admins

About

Examity is The University of Arizona's online authentication and proctoring service. It is open to all UA courses and is integrated into the campus’ learning management system, Brightspace (D2L). Instructors may choose to use Examity to provide a level of security for test taking. Levels of security range from auto-authentication through live proctoring and can be selected depending on the use case and need for each assessment.

Examity will work with most test formats including pencil-to-paper exams, the D2L Quiz tool, and other testing platforms.  

Getting Started

Examity is integrated with the learning management system, Brightspace (D2L). It can be accessed under the UA Tools navigation dropdown, or anywhere in your course content where Existing Activities -> External Learning Tools may be added. 

Instructors and students both access Examity by clicking on the link from their course site. Accessing Examity from D2L logs users into their personal Examity dashboard. 

To get started, register your course with Examity Register your course with Examity  and then add Examity to your D2l Course Site

Before Using Examity

 

At least 2 weeks before a test or exam, do these things

1. Register your course with Examity

Examity is available to use in all University of Arizona courses through the course LMS or, if your course uses a 3rd party platform directly through the Examity platform. To register your course for use with Examity submit a request through our Qualtrics survey here Register your course with Examity

2. Participate in Orientation

After registering your course with Examity, you will need to conduct two orientations. One with the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) and the other with the UA's Examity account representative. Both ODL and Examity will reach out to you through email once we have received your course registration request.  During these orientations, we will discuss your assessment and use of Examity and then activate your assessment within the Examity system. 

3. Determine how Online Proctoring Impacts Class and Testing Policies

Examity is a security measure intended to help monitor your testing rules and your student's testing experience. With that in mind, instructors should incorporate their departmental testing policy and their class testing policy into the Examity conversation. The most successful uses of Examity consider policy a core component of their student communication. Consider, how does my department's/class' policy apply when a student

  • forgets to schedule her/his proctoring session and consequently is unable to take a test during the designated window
  • misses a scheduled proctoring session?
  • becomes disconnected from their proctor during the test?
  • accesses test materials outside of a proctoring session or shares test materials with other students?

4. Notify your students

We recommend that you inform students as soon as possible that they will be using an online proctoring tool for their assessments. To help do so, we are providing the a series of documents that can be modified and incorporated into your course materials. (Please see the Support section below.) Communciation about Examity should be included in: 

  • Class Syllabus and/or Special Technology 
  • Test prep discussions
  • Test descriptions

 

Tips for Success

1. Consider the following questions for your course:

  • How are assessments currently structured?
  • How are assessments currently delivered?
  • Will this assessment need to be modified for an online format?  
  • If the modality changes, how will it: Impact the student learning experience? Impact teaching staff experience?
  • ​What are some concerns students may have about using an online proctoring tool? 

2. Communicate clearly and often with your students about Examity. Explain to students why you are choosing to use Examity and why the University of Arizona chose the tool. Share how it will impact their testing and class experience and what they can expect during an Examity session.

3. Incorporate Examity into your Class/Departments Policies. Consider how online proctoring may differ from in-person proctoring and discuss with your department how your testing policy can be interpreted or will be adapted for online proctoring. 

4. Use Examity early in the semester with a low-stakes assessment. Familiarity makes for the best testing experience and offering student the opportunity to try the tool early on, will ensure the best possible testing experience for them. Office of Digital Learning recommends using Level AA for early, low-stakes assessments. 

System Requirements

Students must meet certain technical and physical space requirements in order to test with Examity. Students will need: 

  • A testing space. One of Examity’s standard rules requires students to test in room, by themselves and from a workspace cleared of all non-test materials. 
  • Desktop computer or laptop (not tablet, smartphone, iPad or Chromebook)
  • Webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
  • Connection to network with internet speed of at least 3 Mbps
  • Operating system of Windows XP – Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 – 10.11
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled – Google Chrome v39 or later, Mozilla Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later

System Requirements

Students must meet certain technical and physical space requirements in order to test with Examity. Students will need: 

  • A testing space. One of Examity’s standard rules requires students to test in room, by themselves and from a workspace cleared of all non-test materials. 
  • Desktop computer or laptop (not tablet, smartphone, iPad or Chromebook)
  • Webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
  • Connection to network with internet speed of at least 3 Mbps
  • Operating system of Windows XP – Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 – 10.11
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled – Google Chrome v39 or later, Mozilla Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later

Campus Resources

Office of Instruction and Assessment | Office of Digital Learning

Disability Resources Center 

Students with disabilities can access Examity and will be expected to use Examity if you are incorporating this tool into your course. If you or the student have questions about accessibility of the exam or Examity process,
please contact DRC at 520-621-5760 or drc-testing@email.arizona.edu

Instructional Technologist Team, Office of Digital Learning

520.247.2844 

intech@email.arizona.edu

Nina O'Brien, Examity

617.600.4383

nobrien@examity.com

Examity 24/7 Support

855.392.6489