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OIT Self-Paced Workshop: Best Practices for Online Assessment 

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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Enroll in Best Practices for Online Assessment 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. 

Enroll in the OIT online self-paced workshop and review Proctorio Support Documentation.

Turnitin Similarity

Turnitin Similarity, a web-based originality and plagiarism prevention service, promotes academic integrity, deters plagiarism, and simplifies feedback and manual grading processes by checking the integrity of student work submitted through Canvas. Through extensive text similarity searches and cross-references, Turnitin educates students about the appropriate use of sources, paraphrasing, citing, and excessive quoting. By quantifying the similarity in student work, Turnitin Similarity helps instructors determine if matches meet assignment expectations. This guide provides instructors and students with the basics for using Turnitin Similarity in Canvas course assignment(s). 

All major benefits of Turnitin Similarity’s report

How Does Turnitin work? 

Turnitin is available in Online@UT (Canvas) through the Canvas Assignment feature. Instructors can create an online assignment and add Turnitin to that assignment. When students upload written work to the assignment, Turnitin compares the submissions against a repository of publications, journals, periodicals, other internet sources, and student-submitted work. A detailed Similarity Report is generated for both instructors and students that identify text similar to these sources.

What is the Turnitin Similarity Report? 

After students submit their work through the Canvas Assignment feature, a Turnitin Similarity Report is generated, accompanied by a similarity score. This score indicates the percentage of matching and similar text found in the paper. The Similarity Report summary highlights the areas of similarity and provides instructors and students with a visual and numerical indicator of the paper’s content matches. It can help students identify paraphrases or citations that need revision and improve their writing.

Please consult Turnitin’s Understanding the Similarity Report: An Educator Guide or Understanding the Similarity Report: A Student Guide for a detailed explanation of the key features and information in Turnitin’s Similarity Report. 

Key Turnitin Features 

  • Canvas Integration 
    Seamlessly integrates with Canvas SpeedGrader™ and Gradebook. 
  • Highlighted Similarities 
    Turnitin highlights passages in student work similar to content found in multiple sources and produces a list of matching content.
  • Clear & Concise Similarity Report 
    The Turnitin Similarity Report numbers and color codes sources that correspond to matching text passages, making them easy to find. Selecting the highlighted text within the paper will open the corresponding source, and selecting the source will show the highlighted text.
  • Student Access to Similarity Report
    Instructors have the option to allow students to view their Similarity Report directly after submitting their assignments or after their submitted assignment is graded. 
  • Compatible File Formats 
    Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), Adobe PDF, Rich Text Format (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt), OpenOffice (.odt), HTML, WordPerfect (.wpd), PostScript (.ps), Hangul (.hwp), Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets (submitted via the Google Drive submission option in Canvas). Apple Pages are not accepted.

Please consult the Turnitin Similarity Knowledge Base articles for additional information on using Turnitin within Online@UT (Canvas).