By Joanna Griffiths, FlexiQuiz.
3 minute read.
There's no better feeling than passing an online quiz based on your hard work and knowledge instead of finding a loophole in the system.
At the same time, educators want to ensure that everyone is on the same playing field, and online quizzes can accurately measure the student's capabilities and levels of understanding.
As we know, online examinations are becoming more popular as they're a safe, engaging, and efficient way of testing student's abilities. The current social distancing rules mean that students cannot always be in the same place for exams, so how can you maintain and maximize your tests' security?
FlexiQuiz already offers several options to minimize cheating, such as:
Plus, we've recently discovered Safe Exam Browser (SEB), a free web-based application that can work with FlexiQuiz to provide alternative security options. For example, SEB can prevent students from opening other windows, disabling spell check, or filtering URLs. You can use SEB along with existing FlexiQuiz security measures to provide added quiz protection.
SEB is a customized web browser that must be downloaded and installed on the student's device before attempting the online examination. As SEB is running on the student's computer or laptop, it can be more effective at restricting their actions based on the settings you've selected. For example:
SEB is released as freeware, and the source code is provided under a Mozilla Public License. The application is available for iOS, Windows, and macOS as open-source software.
You can create and configure your examinations using FlexiQuiz in the usual way - there are no added restrictions for uploading media, branding, or configuration options.
However, you will need to share the quiz with students using a SEB file. Important! SEB is not compatible with our email invite or respondent account sharing options.
To begin, create and configure a FlexiQuiz in the usual way.
The quiz is now ready to be configured within the SEB tool.
Top Tip! Most of the SEB settings can be adjusted based on your security requirements. This guide shows you many of the SEB configuration options.
Once you're ready to share the quiz:
All results are tracked by FlexiQuiz in the usual way and can be viewed on your Analyze screen.
For quiz takers to access the SEB file, they will need to download the Safe Exam Browser to their own computer or laptop (it's not yet compatible with mobiles). Test takers can download SEB using the SEB file that you share - further Safe Exam Browser download information can be found here.
The quiz looks and works in exactly the same way as taking the examination directly on flexiquiz.com. The only difference is the security settings you've selected on SEB (and that SEB needs to be downloaded).
If you've set up email notifications, students will continue to receive these directly from FlexiQuiz.
The Safe Exam Browser can't be closed until the exam has been completed or the time limit is reached.
SEB is a great free tool to add some additional security to your FlexiQuiz examinations.
Download and try SEB for yourself. Happy quiz making!