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Safe Exam Browser--a great solution for Moodle and the open source community!

 
Picture of Joseph Liaw
Safe Exam Browser--a great solution for Moodle and the open source community!
 

The SEB tool is a great open source solution that solves many issues for schools, students, and instructors--easily integrates with Moodle (just 1 click for instructors to require the use of the SEB!) and runs on Windows, Mac, iOS, and even Chromebooks!

The Chromebook version is not "official", but if you follow Colin Matheson's brilliant instructions it works like a charm:

http://cytochromec.net/blog/2015/05/secure-browser-for-testing-on-moodle-using-chromebooks-or-winmac/

With academic integrity in short supply these days, the more we can discourage mindless cheating and encourage learning from mistakes, mastery learning, etc. the better off our students will be prepared for the future where making mistakes is encouraged, developing a growth mindset, perseverance, grit, etc. is a win-win for everyone!


 
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"With academic integrity in short supply these days,"

What do you base that on?

 
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Hi Marcus:

I'm no expert, but here are a few studies:

http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/8-astonishing-stats-on-academic-cheating/

http://www.plagiarism.org/article/plagiarism-facts-and-stats

http://www.academicintegrity.org/icai/integrity-3.php

....and many more....

Hence the need for the right tools to help use technology for good and not evil!  The plugins developed by the Moodle community are very helpful, and surveying the edtech market shows that there definitely is a need with the amount of vendors and products available...

However, I do agree that we should always assume the best in others and give one another the benefit of the doubt!

Thanks for asking a great question, and also for your great plugin contributions (I'm a big fan of your gapfill question type--only started using it more recently and sharing it with colleagues and realizing the genius of what you have built!)!

Regards,

--Joe

 
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Your first link

http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/8-astonishing-stats-on-academic-cheating/

refers to "An admittedly informal 2007 poll conducted by the popular website CollegeHumor"

 
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I have no doubt that students will cheat, people will cheat, people will cheat more if the stakes are higher. What I doubt is that this is any different to how it has ever been. The only thing that has changed are the tools available. 

Prisons find it very hard to stop prisoners getting hold of tiny high powered computers which they use to access the internet. In other contexts they are called mobile phones. So if prisons have a problem, what is the chance of technology based solutions succeeding in an academic context.

 
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We are just in the process of testing SEB at the University of Helsinki (first exam in April), and would love to hear some stories about it. Any hiccups in its deployment? Anything specific to look out for? All tips very welcome!

 
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Have you considered a solution that limits what the networking on the client computer can do? This would mean that the quizzes and question types were running on a standard browser that the software was developed for and used by tens of millions of people.

 
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Yeah, we have. We have about 36 000 students, and different faculties have radically different practices and preferences when it comes to conducting exams online. The SEB looked like it could answer the specifications set for us by one of the faculties. (Mainly, BYOD with Windows, macOS & iOS support.)

But we do use Moodle quizzes & assignments without the SEB too for exams, and we also have a custom exam environment that we use in dedicated online exam class rooms.

 
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