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When students take quizzes on canvas are teachers able to see what other tabs they have open? If so how does this system work? Is it only for the browser where a student has canvas open, or could a teacher potentially see every application that a student has open on their device?

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ericwerth
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Hello  @myersc1 .  This is a good question and something we have been discussing at my institution because we have some faculty who need to give high-stakes tests. I assume that you are looking at how to make quizzes more secure?  If so this post by  @kona  would be worth reviewing.

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3313-quiz-settings-to-maximize-security 

 I do not believe that there is a way in Canvas itself to determine if students have opened additional tabs in the web browser or opened another web browser or application during a quiz.  There are products such as Respondus (Respondus - Member | Instructure Partner Directory ; Partner Webinar: Prevent Cheating during Canvas Quizzes: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor‌) which prevent students from navigating to other tabs or browsers when completing exams.  I believe that are also 3rd part proctoring platforms that track student activity.  These might be worth looking into to see if any would meet your needs.

I hope this is helpful and best wishes!

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kona
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 @myersc1 , the Quiz Log will show some of if they stopped viewing the quiz and potentially viewed another page, but it won’t show which page that they viewed. For more on the quiz log see the following guide - How do I view a quiz log for a student? 

If you don’t have a lock down tool like Eric mentioned, but if the quiz was done on campus and you know which computer the student was on, then your IT People should be able to tell what the student was clicking on while taking the test. I know we’ve had to do this more than a few times on our campus. 😞

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ericwerth
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Great point about the Quiz Log Kona, particularly if policy for the quiz is set that any navigating away from the quiz is not allowed so what a student viewed when not on the quiz is not as important to know.

Kona, do you know if IT set up your labs so that the on-campus computers are running a particular application to track student activity during the test?

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kona
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I don’t believe so Eric. I think we are automatically storing the history for a certain time period. 

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chofer
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Hello  @myersc1 ...

I have been reviewing older questions here in the Canvas Community, and I stumbled upon your question.  I wanted to check in with you because I noticed that we have not heard back from you since you first posted this question on February 9, 2018.  It looks as though both ericwerth and  @kona  have given you some great feedback here.  Have you had an opportunity to review their responses?  Did any of those responses help to answer your question?  Or, are you still looking for some help with your original question?  If you feel that one of the above responses has helped to answer your question, please go ahead and mark that person's response as "Correct".  However, if you are still looking for some help with this question, please come back to this topic to provide an update so that someone from the Community might be able to assist you.  For now, I am going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered" because we haven't heard back from you in almost four months and because there hasn't been any new activity in this topic for about the same amount of time.  This won't prevent you or others from posting additional questions and/or comments below that are related to this topic, however.  I hope that's alright with you, Christopher.  Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

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ericwerth
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Hello  @myersc1 .  This is a good question and something we have been discussing at my institution because we have some faculty who need to give high-stakes tests. I assume that you are looking at how to make quizzes more secure?  If so this post by  @kona  would be worth reviewing.

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3313-quiz-settings-to-maximize-security 

 I do not believe that there is a way in Canvas itself to determine if students have opened additional tabs in the web browser or opened another web browser or application during a quiz.  There are products such as Respondus (Respondus - Member | Instructure Partner Directory ; Partner Webinar: Prevent Cheating during Canvas Quizzes: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor‌) which prevent students from navigating to other tabs or browsers when completing exams.  I believe that are also 3rd part proctoring platforms that track student activity.  These might be worth looking into to see if any would meet your needs.

I hope this is helpful and best wishes!

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kona
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 @myersc1 , the Quiz Log will show some of if they stopped viewing the quiz and potentially viewed another page, but it won’t show which page that they viewed. For more on the quiz log see the following guide - How do I view a quiz log for a student? 

If you don’t have a lock down tool like Eric mentioned, but if the quiz was done on campus and you know which computer the student was on, then your IT People should be able to tell what the student was clicking on while taking the test. I know we’ve had to do this more than a few times on our campus. 😞

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ericwerth
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Great point about the Quiz Log Kona, particularly if policy for the quiz is set that any navigating away from the quiz is not allowed so what a student viewed when not on the quiz is not as important to know.

Kona, do you know if IT set up your labs so that the on-campus computers are running a particular application to track student activity during the test?

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kona
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I don’t believe so Eric. I think we are automatically storing the history for a certain time period. 

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chofer
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Hello  @myersc1 ...

I have been reviewing older questions here in the Canvas Community, and I stumbled upon your question.  I wanted to check in with you because I noticed that we have not heard back from you since you first posted this question on February 9, 2018.  It looks as though both ericwerth and  @kona  have given you some great feedback here.  Have you had an opportunity to review their responses?  Did any of those responses help to answer your question?  Or, are you still looking for some help with your original question?  If you feel that one of the above responses has helped to answer your question, please go ahead and mark that person's response as "Correct".  However, if you are still looking for some help with this question, please come back to this topic to provide an update so that someone from the Community might be able to assist you.  For now, I am going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered" because we haven't heard back from you in almost four months and because there hasn't been any new activity in this topic for about the same amount of time.  This won't prevent you or others from posting additional questions and/or comments below that are related to this topic, however.  I hope that's alright with you, Christopher.  Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

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