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Examity

Examity is a third-party service that monitors students taking online exams in our distance education courses. By using the student's own computer, webcam, and microphone while logged into WCU's Desire2Learn platform, Examity's software enables the proctor to verify a student's identity prior to taking the exam. The service provides real time proctoring throughout the exam and a video recording of each student, which is reviewed by the proctor for suspicious behavior. A final report provided to the instructor includes the clearance status of each student who took the exam. Instructors are also able to view the videos for 30 days after the exam.

Students must first register with Examity by setting up security questions and uploading a picture of either their WCU Ram e Card or a government-issued photo ID. They can then schedule a time to take their exam during a period that has been specified by their instructor. On exam day, they will log into the course in D2L and begin the proctoring process by following the instructions provided in the Students section below.

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Instructors

 

If you are interested in using Examity in your distance education course, please consider the following guidelines:

  1. You must contact the Office of Distance Education (DistanceEd@wcupa.edu) at least 30 days in advance of your course's first proctored exam. This is to allow IT and Examity enough time to setup the integration with your course, for you to learn how to use it, and for your students to register with Examity and schedule their exam(s).
  2. Any exam that would be proctored by Examity must be worth at least 15% of your students' final grade. This is to keep the costs of the service under control, and this percentage is subject to change. All costs related to Examity are currently being covered by the university.
  3. Examity is a proctoring solution specifically designed for distance courses and is not a cost-effective solution for face-to-face courses. It is only available for use within blended and fully online courses at this time.

The following video provides a general overview of Examity's service:

Once Examity has been integrated into my course, how do I set it up?

Either someone from the Examity support staff or the Office of Distance Education will assist you with the initial setup.

How long after an exam will the students' videos become available to view?

No more than 48 hours. This gives the proctor time to provide notes about their session with the student, and then the video is reviewed by an auditor for quality control.

Does Examity decide whether or not cheating has occurred?

No. Examity's flagging system is used to bring attention to various issues, but the instructor makes the final determination on whether or not they believe cheating has occurred.

 

Students

 

What if I don't have a webcam and microphone?

Most laptops and some desktop computers (like the iMac) have a webcam and microphone built-in. However, if your computer does not have these then you will need to buy an external webcam and microphone in order to use Examity. You can typically find one that connects through one of your computer's USB ports, and a decent one costs around $30. There are several types of stores that sell them, including:

  • Online retailers (e.g. Amazon, Newegg, B&H, TigerDirect)
  • Electronics (e.g. Best Buy, RadioShack)
  • Office supply (e.g. Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples)
  • Discount retailers (e.g. Target, Walmart)

When purchasing a webcam, make sure it also has a microphone built-in. Some external webcams do not have an integrated microphone, but you will need one to converse with the proctor.

Does Examity work on a smartphone or tablet?

Examity does not work with mobile devices (such as an iPhone or iPad) at this time.

How do I register with Examity, schedule a time to take my exam(s), and begin the proctoring process on exam day?

Please follow the instructions in the Examity student manual. Note that you must register with Examity and schedule your exam at least 48 hours before the exam window opens. However, we recommend that students do this as early as possible in order to reserve a time that is most convenient for them and to avoid any unforeseen issues.

The following video is an example of what will happen when you first connect with Examity to take your exam:

What is the easiest way to get a picture of my Ram e Card or government-issued photo ID?

  1. Take a picture of it with your smartphone or tablet, then email the picture to yourself. Save the attachment to your desktop or laptop computer from your email program. OR
  2. Use a web-based service like Webcamio to take a picture of it using your desktop or laptop's webcam, then save the picture to your computer.

Who should I contact if I'm having trouble with setting up or using Examity?

Please contact Examity's support line at 855-EXAMITY or email them at support@examity.com. Their support line is available 24/7. Please do not contact the Office of Distance Education; Examity is a third-party company and we do not have the ability to troubleshoot issues, make changes to their program, or schedule/reschedule exam appointments. Questions about the exam itself and its content should be directed to the course instructor.