Upcoming Enhancements for Respondus Monitor proctoring system - Posted June 8, 2023

Emailed D2L Normandale Campus Administrator 6/08/23

In the coming weeks, a number of enhancements will occur with the Respondus Monitor proctoring system. Some enhancements may elicit cheers from instructors, while others get little notice.    One of our key goals for feature enhancements is to make them seamless for existing users. So, while the user experience will be largely the same for Respondus Monitor, instructors will notice an introduction of new features and the refinement of existing ones.    Additional messaging will be sent in the coming weeks, but we wanted to highlight some of the forthcoming enhancements.    ·       Screen recording – Respondus Monitor runs atop LockDown Browser, which prevents students from accessing unapproved resources. However, there are times when screen recording is wanted by an instructor. The screen recording setting is controlled by instructors on a per exam basis.    ·       Respondus Vision – Respondus Monitor has a new computer vision engine that improves the accuracy of exam flagging, resulting in a large reduction of “false positive” flags. Instructors may also notice more robust detection of “multiple faces,” such as when exams are administered in public places. Overall, the flagging will feel more precise and have less noise.    ·       Tilt Camera Down – Respondus Monitor will provide students specific instructions when the camera angle requires downward adjustment. This will reduce the repeated reminders when students sit upright momentarily to respond to a face detection warning, only to be prompted again when they slouch back into their seat.   ·       Fewer Video Interruptions – A new method of video recording will reduce the number of “video interruption” warnings in the proctoring results. This is accomplished by storing segments of videos locally if the student’s upload connection is interrupted for a short time, and then uploading those portions of the video when the connection is restored.  ·       Higher Video Quality — The video recordings will appear sharper during playback, especially when older webcams and slower networks are used by students.   ·       Faster Proctoring Results – In the past, proctoring results were available 2-8 hours after the submission of an exam. With the new system, proctoring results will be available in under 30 minutes for most sessions.    ·       Faster Pre-exam Steps – Students will notice the pre-exam steps for Respondus Monitor (webcam check, recording the environment video, etc.) are faster than before.    ·       Sensitivity Levels – Instructors will be able to choose a sensitivity level for the flagging system.  This selection occurs on the proctoring results page and will recalculate the Review Priority score and ranking.    ·       Algorithm Fairness – Respondus Monitor has been periodically tested to ensure that age, gender and skin tone don’t impact proctoring results for students (see https://web.respondus.com/algorithm-fairness/). This process now occurs every time code is modified, ensuring that Respondus Monitor remains fair and equitable to all users.   Again, the rollout for the above enhancements will begin in the coming weeks and will occur over a period of 1-2 months.   Questions and feedback can be directed to Respondus Support by opening a ticket at https://support.respondus.com/hc/en-us

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