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Online Assessments

Our spring semester transition to remote teaching resulted in many instructors offering online exams. This semester, all final exams will be offered online. It’s not too early to begin planning your testing strategy. Regardless of your delivery method, be sure to give students the opportunity to practice before the exam. Remember, students will have transitioned to home and could be using new networks, different hardware, etc. 

Here are some ideas to consider and options available to you:


We offer two resources within Canvas to get you started.  You can self-enroll in both of these courses to learn more about creating online tests and assessments.

  1. Best Practices for Online Assessment 
  2. Assignments and Grading


Akindi offers the ability for instructors to create a multiple-choice exam, define a scoring key, and distribute a score sheet, which includes the question text for students to fill out online. 

Respondus Lockdown Browser 

Consider employing Respondus Lockdown Browser, a locked browser for taking assessments such as tests, quizzes, or exams in Online@UT (Canvas) course sites.  Respondus Lockdown Browser prevents test takers from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If you decided to use Respondus Lockdown Browser, encourage your students to enroll in our Respondus course site to test their equipment to ensure it will work before their final exam.

Learn more about all of these options on our Getting Ready for Finals: Online Testing Options page.

If you would like to talk testing strategy with us, contact us online to schedule an appointment.