Proctoring Tools in Canvas

This page details some of the technical information about the quiz proctoring software utilized by UW-Parkside.


Honorlock Resources & Guides – Link

Supported Devices – Windows, Mac, and Chromebook

Exclusive Features

•Has 24/7 live chat support for students and instructors

•Available option to have an Honorlock proctor manually check student footage after the quizzes are submitted

Can allow students to bypass the proctoring requirement via a password from the instructor if necessary

Allows instructors to create settings presets and apply them to other quizzes

Can automatically generate & publish a short practice quiz so students can test Honorlock on their device

•Supports File Upload question types

•Supports third-party assignments to a limited extent

Honorlock runs as a browser extension within the Google Chrome web browser, so students will need to use Chrome to take their quiz. Adding the Honorlock extension to Chrome only takes a couple of clicks and will be ready to go almost instantaneously. Students can freely delete or deactivate the extension after they finish their quizzes with no negative effects. Canvas will ask the student for a password if they try to begin an Honorlock-enabled quiz without having Honorlock active. You can choose to give a student this password in emergency situations where proctoring isn't an available option on their end. Otherwise, they will need to download and enable Honorlock before they can access the quiz.

Being a Chrome add-on, Honorlock cannot fully lock down a student's device. However, any attempts to leave the quiz screen will be detected and flagged, whether it was to another browser tab or another program. The quiz will lock itself down if they deactivate any necessary proctoring services mid-quiz. Additionally, Honorlock has methods to detect if students search for quiz answers while they take their quiz. Please visit the following Knowledgebase page if you have any concerns about proctoring tool privacy or how it can detect students using other devices during their quiz: Proctoring Privacy F.A.Q.s

The UW-System licensed an alternative proctoring service called Respondus LockDown Browser in 2020, but the contract expired in Summer 2021. Honorlock will be the university's primary proctoring service in Canvas going forward.

How Online Proctoring Works

Honorlock uses an automated proctoring service. If there is suspected academic misconduct during a student's quiz attempt, Honorlock will flag those timestamps in the student's attempt for the instructor to review. It will be up to the instructor to determine what, if any, action is taken for flagged footage. Footage being flagged does not automatically indicate that academic misconduct has occurred.

The Honorlock Google Chrome extension is free to everyone. Enabling it on a quiz will automatically add its download link to the quiz description. The extension can also be found through an internet search or on the Google Chrome extension storefront.

Here are some of the features that are commonly provided by online proctoring tools, most of which are optional:

  • Device/browser lockdown
    • Prevents students from accessing other programs or websites during their quiz unless otherwise specified in the proctoring settings. Proctoring tools will require students to close other browser tabs and/or programs if the settings require it. 

  • Webcam audio & video proctoring
    • Honorlock uses automated scans to detect suspicious activity such as talking to someone or leaving the room during the quiz. An instructor may also enable a setting in Honorlock that makes an Honorlock proctor manually skim through the footage to double-check for anything that the A.I. may have missed. The footage is deleted after a set period of time and is not viewable by any third parties besides the instructor and the optional proctor from Honorlock. The webcam requirement is optional and is only required on a quiz if the instructor so chooses.

  • Screen-captures the student's desktop while taking their quiz
    • Honorlock will still log if and when a student leaves the quiz page even if screen capture isn't enabled.

  • Pre-quiz room scan

  • Student photo
    • There is an additional option that is turned on by default that asks students to show an ID before taking their quiz. Keep in mind that not every student may know where their university ID is or even have one if they are fully remote.

  • Disabling copying, pasting, or printing
    • Honorlock will inform you if a student tried to copy, paste, or screenshot their quiz.

  • On-screen calculator

Viewing Proctoring Results

After your students have taken their proctored quiz, you can view the proctoring results by going to the Honorlock page in your course, locating the quiz, and clicking the Results button.

Every student will be given an incident rating based on how "suspicious" that student's actions were during their quiz attempt, such as if they left the room, were talking to someone else off-camera, or were using their phone. Clicking on the student's attempt will bring up the video stream from their recording as well as a timestamp log of their quiz. This log will include timestamps for when the student answered individual questions as well as any times where the automated scan believes academic misconduct may have occurred. It is very important to remember that even if a student's quiz attempt receives a high priority rating, that does not necessarily mean that any academic misconduct has occurred. The listed priority level cannot be used as evidence of cheating on an assessment. It is up to you as the instructor to verify if the detected "offenses" are legitimate or false positives as well as what actions, if any, should be taken. 

A student's overall incident rating will be based on their most "severe" infraction. For example, most students will receive a low rating while a student who tried looking up answers or left the webcam's view will receive a high incident rating. 

You can see more a more detailed results guide with visuals on Honorlock's website.