A good choice? – Six mile post
By Brandon Dyer
During my time at GHC, I have met many professors who have their own unique way of giving tests. One thing that is close to my heart is that many are turning to the Respondus Lockdown Browser software.
For those unfamiliar, it requires a student to install software on their electronic device to take tests and record a video of you taking your test for the teacher to watch.
This is done to ensure that the student does not cheat during the test by looking at notes or picking up movements that might be suspicious of cheating activity.
While many think this software goes too far, I think it is sometimes necessary for professors to force their students to do so.
In my experiences with the Lockdown Browser, I studied more for these tests than in regular classes that don’t require the software because I realize I need to be better prepared for it.
I want to make sure I get the best possible grade and study normally a bit for the next tests. There is a general feeling of anxiety that the test gives me, so in response I study more for them. This was helpful to me because I tend to do better on these tests.
Teachers who use the software usually get backlash from students, but I think it’s essential for teachers.
The software gives teachers a better understanding of students who may need help in class and produces honest answers.
This can help a professor contact those who are having trouble with the test and help them find a better solution. Whether teachers take the time to do this or not is a different matter that should be discussed.
I understand that students can sometimes feel intimidated by the software because it takes on a serious tone, but it is something essential to the development of college student learning.
Maybe it’s just because it works for me that I’m passionate about keeping it and the good it can bring, but this software has really been a game-changer for me in a good way and I hope that this will continue at the GHC.
By Tami Treasure
Respondus Lockdown Browser is used to prevent cheating and maximize brain strain for students taking tests.
The software has the ability to trace cursors and prevent web browser searches, but it is not easy navigation for students or teachers.
Anxiety caused by Lockdown Browser is doing students more harm than good. Students knowing that they will have to use this software for their tests are forced to study harder to ensure that the information is retained.
Thailea Brinkmann, a business administration student at GHC, said that since the system tracks eye movements and sound, she worries that every time she looks away, she’ll think she’s being clocked to have cheated.
Elizabeth Dose, professor of psychology at GHC, said there’s an abundance of footage professors can go through to check for cheating once students complete their Lockdown Browser tests.
Dose prefers to create its own question sets for tests that cannot be found online to deny cheating and promote academic integrity, as the process of analyzing Lockdown Browser images can be tedious.
Lockdown Browser is a slippery slope to accusing a student of cheating and frankly takes too long. It is also not compatible with all devices and has been prone to issues, sometimes before the test started.
Browser usage requirements are very demanding, and some student households are not conducive to quiet, distraction-free households.
There is no sure way to guarantee that our family members or pets will be completely silent and we should not be suspected for these reasons.
I understand that some teachers believe this is the best way to assess student retention, but if we crammed or are distracted by anxiety, the study is ultimately in vain.