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OIT Self-Paced Workshop: Best Practices for Assessment Design & Delivery 

Delivering remote assessments presents any number of challenges, from technical execution to academic integrity. We invite you to visit our collection of self-paced training related to designing and delivering effective assessments online in Canvas. The collection includes training on pedagogical design thinking that undergirds effective and valid assessment, strategies for using Canvas tools, considerations for providing feedback, and best practices for administering Canvas tests. 
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Begin this Assessment Design & Delivery workshop 


Proctorio: Online Proctoring Software 

Proctorio is a fully automated online proctoring service that uses the Google Chrome browser to monitor student test-taking behavior. It offers students a secure and convenient way to take proctored exams online within Online@UT (Canvas); it does not prevent cheating entirely. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has adopted Proctorio as our online proctoring service provider to ensure the academic integrity of online exams. 

How Can Proctorio Assist with Academic Integrity? 

With Proctorio, you can help preserve exam integrity in Canvas courses in three main ways: 

  1. Requiring identity verification from each student before an exam 
  1. Recording students’ exam video, audio, screen, and/or keyboard activity 
  1. Restricting what students can do on their computers during an exam (e.g., no printing, copying, accessing other websites) 

After an exam, Proctorio’s algorithms automatically look over student recordings. You set the behaviors you want flagged as unusual activities by the algorithms. You and/or your teaching assistants then review the recordings and flags to determine whether any activity constitutes actual misconduct. 

Proctorio Benefits 

  • Fully integrated within Online@UT (Canvas) 
  • Flexible proctoring parameters 
  • Ensures test taker privacy and data security (For more information, please review these Proctorio external web sites: Support for Test Takers and Proctorio’s Privacy Policy.)
  • Flags suspicious behavior 

Proctorio Support Documentation

An Online@UT (Canvas) Proctorio support documentation site has been developed to familiarize faculty and students with Proctorio. Faculty will learn about best practices including wording for your syllabus. Faculty and students will learn how to get started with Proctorio, troubleshooting tips, and can review FAQs. We strongly encourage faculty and students to enroll in this site. You will need to log in with your NetID and Password. 

Review the Proctorio support documentation.


Unicheck Plagiarism Software 

Unicheck is a software resource designed to help students avoid plagiarism and improper citation. The software encourages original writing and proper citation practices by offering search and recognition functionality for similarities, citations, and references in texts. Unicheck cross-references submitted materials against documents stored in our institutional library, the Internet, open access repositories, and numerous published journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. 

Reliable Plagiarism Checker

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How Does Unicheck work? 

The Unicheck tool is available in all Online@UT (Canvas) course sites and does not require additional software. Through its similarity detection engine, Unicheck scans and verifies the originality of submitted files and delivers a detailed similarity report to both the student and the instructor. 

What Is the Similarity Report? 

After a student submits a document within a Canvas assignment, Unicheck will generate the Similarity Report that highlights all text segments that match Internet and Library sources and provides a list of matched sources. Clicking on any highlighted segment will reveal the corresponding matched source(s). 

Please refer to this Unicheck Report Guide for more details on the design and functionality of the Unicheck Similarity Report. 

Core Areas of Unicheck

  • Real-time search across the Internet 
  • Checks against Open Access Sources 
  • Robust, light, and fast Similarity Reports 
  • Canvas Assignment Integration and User Experience 

Key Unicheck Features 

  • Clear & Visually Appealing Layout 
    Time is priceless. You need to spot them all at once. Each matching sentence or passage. Unicheck highlights them in yellow. So, you will have an idea of what needs citing at a glance. 
  • Sources with Highlighted Matches 
    Every time a plagiarism check is completed, Unicheck delivers a list of links. They lead to matching sources. And yes, text similarities are also highlighted. 
  • Citations and References Detection 
    All correctly formatted citations and references shouldn’t be considered plagiarism and affect your similarity score. Unicheck can detect and skip them. It recognizes MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and Harvard. 
  • File-Format Friendly 
    No need to search for a file converter. We support 99% of text formats including .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .odt, .htm, .html, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .ods, .odp, .xls, .xlsx, .csv, and Apple’s pages (.pages). Also, files can be packed into a .zip archive and checked in bulk. 
  • Unicheck Speaks Your Language 
    Unicheck can find similarities in more than 20 languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Italian. 

For additional information regarding using Unicheck within Canvas, please visit the Unicheck section in the OIT Knowledge Base.