As we continue to see increased numbers of students who prefer to study and attend classes online, more and more of our TCC faculty are assigning tests and exams to be completed over the internet. These online services are primarily used by students who do all of their coursework via Blackboard and the TCC Connect virtual campus… but they may also be used as tools for more “traditional” professors who teach on-campus, but allow students’ exams to be scheduled outside of normal class hours.
In either case, students need to access their exams through a secure service, while the College has to ensure that all the same rules and standards for academic excellence are followed online, just as they would be in a face-to-face classroom.
That’s where Proctor-U comes in…
As of Fall 2017, TCC has partnered with Proctor-U as an official proctoring service to monitor and maintain academic integrity through online testing. Students would download the required software, set an appointment with a certified proctor, and then take their test online while the proctor keeps watch over their progress through the computer. Testing in this way requires a private, well-lit space in which to complete the exam, a computer with high-speed internet, a webcam, and a few other requirements that you can read about HERE.
Unfortunately, not all of our students have access to the necessary technology at home, and not everyone has a quiet place to work… but we are happy to help provide those resources for our students at the Northeast Campus Library.
The J. Ardis Bell Library is offering Proctor-U students the space and technology access you’ll need to complete your online exams. All you have to do is….
- Schedule your testing appointment with Proctor-U ahead of time (at least 72 hours before your exam is due).
- Come into the Library on the day of your exam – at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time – and check in at the Library Computer Learning Center desk on the lower level. Be prepared to show a copy of your testing appointment confirmation email.
- If you don’t have a personal laptop or webcam, we can check out a computer for you to use with the necessary equipment. For that, you will need to show your current TCC Student ID card.
- As your exam time approaches, the LCLC Staff will assist you in accessing a private Study Room on the lower floor of the Library, where you will be able to take your exam. At this point, we have two study rooms set aside as “Proctor-U Priority” testing sites. When not in use for testing, these rooms are available for any members of our campus community to use for private or small-group study.
- Once the exam is finished, you will need to go back into the Library Computer Learning Center and let the staff know that you’re done. At that point, the room will become available for public use again.
- All Proctor-U testing should be completed no later than 30 minutes prior to the library’s scheduled closing time. On Mon-Thurs weeknights, that would be 9:30 PM. On Friday and Saturday evenings, tests should be finished by 8:30 PM. Any Sunday afternoon exams would need to end by 4:30 PM.
- Unfortunately, students are NOT able to reserve Study Rooms in advance, under any circumstance. All Library Study Rooms are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. We will grant “priority status” to students with Proctor-U testing appointments, but we can not *guarantee* that a room will always be available.
- In the event that both of our “Proctor-U Priority” testing rooms are already in use, then we will explore other options within the Library… If no alternative sites are available, then a student may be referred to other areas on campus, or to reschedule their appointment with Proctor-U.
- Use of Library Study Rooms is a privilege – not a right. While we make every effort to accommodate our students’ needs, Library Staff may ask any user to vacate a study room at any time, and for any reason.
- Students using any Library facilities are expected to adhere to all rules in the Student Code of Conduct, and treat the NE Library as an extension of the classroom learning environment at all times.
For more information on our Proctor-U testing guidelines, or for assistance of any kind, feel free to write, call, or come by the NE Library. We hope to see you there!
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