Honorlock Instructor Guide

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Enabling Honorlock in Your Course Site

  1. If you do not see the Honorlock tool in the left-hand toolbar of your course site, you will need to enable it prior to enabling Honorlock for a particular exam. In your Canvas course site, click Settings.
  2. Click the Navigation tab.
  3. Drag Honorlock from bottom menu into top menu.
  4. Click Save.
Screen capture indicating how to enable Honorlock in a course site
  1. When you click the Honorlock tool, you may receive the following error message. If you do not see this error message, you can proceed to the next section of this guide, Enabling Honorlock for an Exam.
Screen capture of an Honorlock error (Code: 2000) message
  1. To resolve the above error message, you will need to ensure that Chrome is not blocking third-party cookies. You can do so by typing “chrome:flags” (without the quotation marks) into the Chrome address bar and pressing Enter on your keyboard. The following window will appear:
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  1. Scroll through the list of features. Locate “SameSite by default cookies” and “Cookies without SameSite must be secure.” Set them both to Disabled. Once both features have been set to Disabled, click the Relaunch button found in the right-hand bottom of the Chrome Features page. Chrome will relaunch and you can close the chrome://flags tab.
Screen capture of the chrome:flags settings page scrolled down to where SameSite by default cookies and Cookies without SameSite must be secure settings are visible
  1. You should now be able to launch Honorlock within your course site. If you need further assistance, see the You should now be able to launch Honorlock within your course site. If you need further assistance, see the Helpful Resources section of this guide. section of this guide.
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Enabling Honorlock for an Exam

  1. In your Canvas course site, click Honorlock in the left-hand toolbar. If you do not see Honorlock, see the Enable Honorlock in Your Course Site section. Note: the first time you access Honorlock, you will need to click the blue Authorize button to link your account to Honorlock.
Screen capture of the Canvas menu with an arrow pointing to Honorlock
Screen capture of the Honorlock Developer Key dialog box with an arrow indicating the Authorize button
  1. In the Honorlock window, view the listing of exams that are available for that course site. Click the blue Enable button for the exam you wish to enable for Honorlock proctoring.
Screen capture of Honorlock's listing of exams with an arrow pointing to an Enable button
  1. View and adjust as needed any of the exam proctoring options (see Explanation of Proctoring Options section for more information). Note: For most exams, instructors can keep the default option settings. Note: For most exams, instructors can keep the default option settings. However, if you do not want students to be able to access any other applications or websites during the exam, be sure to enable Browser Guard.
Screen capture showing Honorlock exam proctoring options
    1. In the Student Guidelines section, select any of the resources or settings that will be allowed during the exam. Click the blue Add Additional Instructions link to add any additional or clarifying notes that might be needed to the Additional Instructions section.
Screen capture in Honorlock's Student Guidelines section for defining what student can and cannot do during an exam
    1. The information in the Additional Guidelines section will be provided to students and referenced by any live proctors who might spot-check during your exam period, so be sure include them. Note: while you can indeed have students use hand-held calculators or scratch paper, or have your exam be open-note or open-book, doing so will likely generate exam integrity issues that you will need to review during the Exam Review process. See the Viewing Honorlock Proctoring Results section of this guide for more information on that process.
    2. In the Accommodations section, add any special accommodations that are needed for your exam, such as extra time, food and drink, and additional breaks. Once all settings, instructions, and guidelines are complete, click the Enable button.
Screen capture of Honorlock's Accommodation section where special accommodations can be provided if needed for students
  1. Your exam is now enabled for Honorlock proctoring. You can click the Settings button to adjust any of the proctoring option settings.
Screen capture of an exam in the list now with Results and Settings buttons, with an arrow pointing to the latter

Note: Once you complete this process and view the exam, you will notice that Honorlock auto-generates a random access code (or password) for your exam within Canvas. You will know it is a password generated by Honorlock as it will begin with “HL_NO_EDIT_” followed by a series of eight letters and numbers. Do not delete or edit that access code, or provide it to students. Honorlock accesses that code during the authentication process it performs for each student who takes an exam that is proctored by Honorlock.

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Explanation of Honorlock Proctoring Options

Record Webcam

The student’s webcam will be used to record during the exam session.
Recommended: Yes

Record Screen

The student’s entire screen will be recorded throughout the exam session.
Recommended: Yes

Record Web Traffic

The student’s web activity will be logged and captured throughout the exam session.
Recommended: Yes

Student Photo

During the pre-exam verification process, a photo will be taken of the student’s face to verify the test-taker’s identify.
Recommended: Yes

Student ID

During the verification process, a photo will be taken of the student’s school ID (or other government issued ID) to verify the test-taker’s name and identify.
Recommended: Yes

Room Scan

During the verification process, students will rotate their camera 360 degrees, scanning their room and desk area to ensure no unauthorized people or items are in the testing environment.
Recommended: Yes

Manual Review

A manual review of the exam session will be completed by an Honorlock proctor.
Recommended: Not available; review of exam proctoring sessions must be provided by UF instructor or other member of the teaching team

Basic Calculator

During the exam, students will be able to access and use an on-screen basic, four-function calculator.
Recommended: Yes, if applicable to exam content

Scientific Calculator

During the exam, students will be able to access and use an on-screen scientific calculator.
Recommended: Yes, if applicable to exam content

Disable Copy/Paste

Students will not be able to copy or paste during the exam to prevent unauthorized distribution of test content.
Recommended: Yes, if students do not need access to other apps such as Excel or Word

Disable Printing

Students will be prevented from printing the test pages during the exam session to prevent unauthorized distribution of test content.
Recommended: Yes

Browser Guard

The student’s computer will be locked down during the exam session to non-exam-related activity, including use of additional browser windows and other applications.
Recommended: Yes, but only if you don’t want students to download and re-upload files as part of the exam​

Whitelist URLs

Students will be able to access webpages other than their course site during the exam session.
Note: Yes, if applicable to exam content

Simulated Exam

Students will be able to complete an exam that uses a simulated proctoring experience.
Note: Yes, if you want students to complete a practice exam; no post-exam report or actual audio or visual recording will be completed with this option

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View Honorlock Proctoring Results

  1. To view the results from Honorlock proctoring for an exam, click the Results button.
Screen capture of an exam in the list now with Results and Settings buttons, with an arrow pointing to the former
  1. To view a student’s exam session, click the View Session button.
Screen capture of Honorlock Exam Results with an arrow pointing to a View Session button
  1. You will then be able to view video from the proctoring session that includes both a screen capture and a recording of the student while they are taking the exam. A timeline summary of various exam-related events is available in the bottom right of the View Session screen.
Screen capture showing an Honorlock proctoring session with a screen capture and video of the student as well as a timeline summary of exam-related events
  1. You can also click the Summary Report button to access a full summary of Honorlock’s Violation & Incident Analysis report.
Screen capture of Honorlock Exam Results with an arrow pointing to the View Report button
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Analyze Honorlock Proctoring Results

AI Flags

The following outlines some of the categories that Honorlock’s AI detects and flags while tracking student behavior during an exam. These flags can be accessed and reviewed post-exam via the Results page.

  • Face-Fail
    AI detected that the students face is no longer visible during the exam.
  • Face Label Override
    Student’s face is visible, but part of the face is obscured.
  • Audio Spike
    The audio level spiked above a certain threshold.
  • Focus Lost
    The student attempted to leave the test window.
  • Right-Click Detected
    The student attempted to right-click.
  • Copy Detected
    The student attempted to copy/paste. Even if allowing copy/paste is enabled?
  • Print Screen Detected
    Students attempt to print the screen.
  • Web Traffic
    The student attempted to visit an non-whitelisted website or do an Internet search during the exam.
  • Voice Assistant Detection
    Detects use of voice assistant (Siri, Alexa, Google, Cortana) by keyword (“Hey Siri”).
  • Single Voice Detected
    Detects a single person talking.
  • Audio Transcript
    When a person is speaking, capture their words as text and store in their exam session.

Proctor Intervention

If Honorlock’s AI flags student behavior during an exam, a live proctor is prompted to pop into the proctoring session to assess the situation. Suspicious student behavior can be ranked as low-, medium-, or high-risk. Depending on the level of risk, the proctor may interrupt the student and the exam may be paused until the behavior ceases.

You will want to provide detailed notes in the ‘Proctor Guidelines’ section of the Honorlock settings for an exam to clarify what behavior actually warrants an interruption. The following categories of behavior are some of the ones that will be called out for intervention by an Honorlock proctor during a Live Proctor Pop-In session. Notes of any proctor observations and interventions are added to the View Session page for a particular student.

Low-risk behavior includes:

  • Inappropriate attire (such as a hat or no shirt)
  • Background noise (such as music)
  • Instant messaging service with messages that are non-exam-related
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Ongoing conversation unrelated to exam content

Medium-risk behavior includes:

  • Inappropriate workspace (not using a desk or table)
  • Headphones
  • Partially out of view for portions of the exam
  • Secondary device in view
  • Incomplete room scan during authentication process (room scan is not 360 degrees, desk not shown, or materials not shown)

High-risk behavior includes:

  • Out of view during the exam
  • Obstruction of webcam
  • Internet search engine in use
  • Secondary device in use
  • Third-party assistance, whether in-person or online
  • Voice assistance software in use (such as Siri)
  • Violation of guidelines
  • Other suspicious activity

Sharing the Honorlock Best Practices with your students reduces the likelihood of them getting flagged by Honorlock’s AI.

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Helpful Resources

Need help? You can call 844-243-2500, option 2, to reach Honorlock’s support team. You can also call 352-392-4357, option 3 for support from the UF Computing Help Desk.