Honorlock - Document individual accommodation plans
Honorlock is an online auto-proctoring tool that can be linked to quizzes in Canvas. It is important to consider accommodations for students prior to using Honorlock as the students' accommodations may generate additional flags for review and/or may conflict with standard instructions you provide to students taking the quiz.
This document is part of an Honorlock guide series, Honorlock - Implementing disability-related accommodations (Instructors). or view the following steps for implementing Student Accommodations using Honorlock.
- Review known issues and limitations of Honorlock
- Setting up accommodations or bypass proctoring in Honorlock
- Discuss accommodation plans with individual students
- Document individual accommodation plans (this document)
- Add extended time and accommodate timed assessments
With some planning, most students with disabilities will be able to use Honorlock's auto-proctoring to take their exams. Honorlock does not specifically control or prevent the use of accommodations but it is important to discuss plans for use of accommodations with the student.
Document those accommodations in an email so the student can be sure what is allowed during the exam. The email communication provides the student with a documented affirmation of their accommodation, particularly if Honorlock warnings or your instructions contradict their use of accommodations. Otherwise, students with accommodation may experience concern or fear of misunderstandings because Honorlock only shows the students the standard instructions for the class, and will not display their unique accommodations. (Accommodation details are not otherwise documented in the Honorock user experience.) Instructors should keep in mind that the use of these accommodations may be falsely flagged by Honorlock as exam session settings are exam-wide and not set individually.
- Send an individual email to the student summarizing and establishing a common understanding:
- When the student will take their exam and their total time with extended time if appropriate
- If they have extended time, remind them to check-in Canvas for their "Available" and "Time Limit"
- The accommodations the student plans to use, including any workarounds
- The format of the exam, particular for students who use audio exams, large print, Braille, standard computer, or Scantron assistance, or paper exams as accommodations
- Additional technology they will be using during the exam, such as text to speech software (e.g. Kurzweil 3000), screen reader (e.g. JAWS, Fusion, NVDA, Voiceover), screen magnifier (e.g. ZoomText, Fusion), Braille display, magnifier, etc.
- That their accommodations are available to them, even if those accommodations appear to conflict with the instructions that are displayed when they start the exam
In response to COVID-19 and to adjust student accommodations from in-person to online formats, please engage the student in a conversation and consult the student’s McBurney Center Access Consultant as needed. Most Faculty Notification Letters (accommodation plans) will have been written assuming a primarily in-person/on-campus format prior to the COVID-19.
Review the Honorlock Overview (UW-Madison) KB
Contact Honorlock Support by enabling Honorlock in your Canvas course and using the Honorlock online chat.
For questions regarding student accommodations, contact the student’s McBurney Center Access Consultant (the Access Consultant’s Name appears on the student’s Faculty Notification Letter). The Faculty Notification Letter identifies accommodations that are intended to minimize barriers and provide equal access for students without compromising the essential elements of a course.