Hi, is there any quick way of disabling right click?
I have a course with a test at the end but would like to stop students from opening the test in another tab/window.
Is this possible?
Hi, is there any quick way of disabling right click?
I think this is a machine issue, not at the Moodle end. I have been in a class where they had tinkered with policies on a windows machine, and it locked things down quite tight.
See the thread here: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=153953
I've heard of the Exam Safe Browser: http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Safe_exam_browser
I think the answer to your question is quick, easy secure: no. It's a bit more complicated.
Thanks Derek, I didn't think it was going to be easy!
All I wanted really was to discourage the opportunist from opening two tabs or windows... using one tab for reference whilst the other is used for the test.
As has been documented, there are always ways of getting around the restrictions, I just need to make it 'not worth trying' for the general student.
Thanks anyway. Steve.
You may find that "the general student" will always know a "quite clever" student who will delight in passing on their work arounds and you end up playing "whack a mole". I work at a place where we have recently got some Spy on your students software that allows you to glance at a thumbnail of every students machine and zoom in when they appear to be doing something they probably shouldn't.
That must be a real headache Marcus.
I don't think it will be much of a problem for me because the industry I work in is relatively small and fairly mature, that's why a simple script to disable 'right click' and possibly 'print screen' would be sufficient at this time.
Knowing where to put the script is another thing!
Sorry ... before I provide something that might be 'useful', just have to comment ...
'fairly mature" .... hmmmm ... are you trying to say the 'students' are 'too old to learn a new trick' or the students wouldn't stoop to that level?
Tie the 'quiz' to a 'students' salary/raise/performance evaluations ... ie, make it *important*, and one might see a change in behavior in general - any age, any profession, any industry (mature or not).
Ok ... now for something useful ;)
In a 1.9.19+ Site Admin -> Modules -> Activities -> Quiz there is one item related: Browser Security. It is a site wide setting ... all quizzes.
Help on it says:
This option offers various ways to try to restrict how students may try to 'cheat' while attempting a quiz. However, this is not a simple issue, and what in one situation is considered 'cheating' may, in another situation, just be effective use of information technology. (For example, the ability to quickly find answers using a search engine.)
Note also that this is not just at problem of technology with a technical solution. Cheating has been going on since long before computers, and while computers make certain actions, like copy and paste, easier, they also make it easier for teachers to detect cheating - for example using the quiz reports. The options provided here are not fool-proof, and while they do make some forms of cheating harder for students, they also make it more inconvenient for students to attempt the quizzes, and they are not fool-proof.
You should also consider other ways to make it harder for students to cheat at your quiz:
- You can use a large question bank, which the quiz picking a selection of questions randomly, so different students see different, but similar questions.
- You can use the shuffle answers option, so that the right answer to question 1 is not always option A.
- You can ask questions that required students to analyse the given information, rather than just recalling facts.
With the above warnings in mind, here is the description of the available options.
No impediments are put in the way of students attempting the quiz.
There is a limit to what the quiz, with runs on a web server, can do to restrict what the student sitting at their computer can do while attempting the quiz. However, this option does what is possible:
- The quiz appears in a fullscreen popup window that covers all the other windows and has no navigation controls.
- The students are prevented, as far as is possible, from using facilities like copy and paste.
Require the use of Safe Exam Browser
This option will only appear if your adminstrator has enabled it.
Safe Exam Browser is a customised web browser that must be downloaded an installed on the computer that the student uses to attempt the quiz. The restrictions placed on students are similar to those in pop-up window case, but because Safe Exam Browser is software running on the student's computer, it can do a much more effective job of restricting their actions. If you select this option:
- Students will only be able to attempt the quiz if they are using Safe Exam Browser.
- The browser window will be fullscreen (without any navigation elements).
- The window cannot be closed until the test is submitted.
- Shortcuts keys such as Win, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Alt+F4, F1, Ctrl+P, Printscreen, are disabled.
- Copy and paste, and the context menu, are disabled.
- Switching to other applications is disabled.
- Surfing to other web sites is prohibited."
Ken, my comment of 'fairly mature' related to the industry I am working in.
The people/students taking this test will already be quite knowledgable within the field and will be taking the test to just validate that knowledge and become an acredited engineer.
They will normally be business owners or working for very small companies and will not generally be inclined or have the time to try circumventing the testing process.
I just wish to try and remove the easiest way of having two windows/tabs open with test and course showing at the same time!
Sorry if my comment was misleading!
The full screen popup is probably the route for me and thanks for highlighting that option. Most appreciated.
Hmm, just tried the 'Full Screen Pop-up' option and unfortunately the 'full screen pop-up' still has the minimise and maximise buttons top right in a Chrome browser. Works ok up to that point though! Steve.
I think what you seek is some form of "lockdown browser", which is available from companies like Respondus. As you explore these commercial products, I think that you will find them providing some features that you seek, but not all.
If you really want to avoid any kind possibility of students seeing another screen of "helpful" information, I think you might need to consider giving quizzes (or exams) manually and in person. By doing so, you only have to deal with the regular cheating that might go on in a "live" setting.
If you have a lot of time, search for the word "cheating" here on the Moodle.org site and you will have many posts to read.
Not sure I do Rick, most of the students will be at their work place using their own pc's/laptops under supervision from a company manager etc. I don't think they would go for loading software onto their own systems!
I've read what Respondus has to offer and I guess it would work well in a classroom environment, which our method isn't.
From my point of view, a simple right click disabling script would be sufficient for my purpose with a popup text box saying 'cheating not advised' or words to that effect!
It appears that I am not the first to ask if this is possible, so would it not be an advantage to include it within the moodle core as an option?
Thanks for your comments Rick, most appreciated.
Do you think that some students might have access to a second PC for viewing those files that you do not want viewed, or even their browser on their iPhone?
Or might these students simply open up two browsers, including two different browser from their own PC?
Both of the examples that I give do not involve right-clicking.
Rick, all those things you suggest are perfectly possible if the students could be bothered, I just think that our students would'nt be bothered to do it.
I am so used to using right click to open other web pages in another tab that I'm sure other users would do it without thinking too, which is the reason why I started the post in the first place.
Our industry is relatively small, specialised and very personal and as such, will not require the lock-down measures as employed by main stream Universities etc.
I'm not sure how to explain my situation any further... cheating isn't a big problem for us... yet!
In Firefox, I can use a ctrl-click (i.e., not a right click) to open a link in another window. In fact, I never really knew about the "right-click" method (now that I do, I still would not do it because it takes longer.) So to do what you want, you might have to think about all the possible ways that students might gain another browser window, and try to disable all of them.