Examity for Instructors and Course Admins

About

Examity is The University of Arizona's online authentication and proctoring service. Examity is open to all UA courses and is integrated into the main Learning Management Systems (D2L, Blackboard, and Canvas). Instructors may choose to use Examity with any test or exam 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 uses web based services to connect with students and instructors. Interaction with Examity begins within the LMS. From your course site, you and your students can access your personalized Examity dashboard.  

Getting Started

Examity is a tool which offers levels of security for tests and exams.  We encourage anyone considering using Examity in their course to think on these questions:

  • 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? 

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. 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.

2. 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. 

3. 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.