Learn about proctors

Proctors help to promote security and integrity in exam settings.

There are two types of proctors:

System proctor — Proctor that can give authorization for any class in an organization and is defined by the administrator.

Class proctor — Proctor that can only give authorization for a specific class and is defined by the instructor.

NOTE: Instructors can also pose as proctors in the classes that they're enrolled in as instructors.

Proctors can authorize the following permissions for students during proctored exams (with or without Proctored Browser Mode enabled):

  • Granting or denying permission to launch (or re-enter) an activity
  • Granting permission to submit an activity for grading
  • Granting additional permissions related to specific activity parameters (Example — allowing a student extra time on a timed activity)

TIP: Proctored exams can be configured to require proctor authorization to both launch and/or submit an activity.

TIP: Check out Create a proctored exam and Enable Proctored Browser Mode for more details on these assignment types.

Proctors can authorize a student by:

  • Local authorization — Log in directly on the student’s computer to enter their proctor credentials (check out Perform local authorization).
  • Remote authorization — Use Proctor Tools on their own computer without needing to directly log in on the student’s computer (check out Use Proctor Tools).

NOTE: Proctor Tools enable proctors to remotely authorize student permissions. The key benefits of using Proctor Tools are:

  • The proctor doesn't need to enter a password in front of the student which promotes exam security and integrity.
  • The proctor can remotely authorize students in advance rather than authorizing when each student request is received.
  • The proctor can authorize additional permissions beyond starting, re-entering, and submitting student attempts (Example — allowing a student extra time on a timed activity).

Check out Use Proctor Tools.

IMPORTANT: Some security guidelines that proctors should consider are:

  • Change your password often.
  • Use caution when entering your password in front of a student and never reveal it to a student.
  • Don't use a password that can't be disclosed to a third party (your password is stored on the server in plain text and is readable by your organization's Möbius administrator).
  • When possible, use Proctor Tools instead of local authorization to authorize students.