Ensuring Academic Integrity for Summer Final Exams

July 25, 2022

Ensuring academic integrity requires just a little bit of preparation. Read more to learn about the tools that can help.

Now that it is the end of the summer term and your learners are hard at work on preparing final projects or essays and studying for final exams, we want to remind you of two tools and some strategies for using them that you can deploy in your course to discourage cheating. Faith in academic integrity processes is essential for learners to know that their work is being evaluated in a fair manner. A lack of confidence in academic integrity can lead to a lack of engagement in learning activities. Read on to learn how you can add a layer of confidence by using academic integrity tools effectively.


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Click here to access Turnitin.


Turnitin is one of the easiest tools for checking plagiarism. You and your learners can both see the report generated for the submission and the associated score indicator. The originality report tells you what portions of the submission are being flagged for plagiarism and where that content was found. Click the logo on the left for more detailed instructions about adding Turnitin as a submission option for your Canvas assignments.



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Click here to access LockDown Browser.

LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is one of two products from Respondus that Clemson Online supports. LockDown browser has a variety of settings and is easy to incorporate into your online tests. The Canvas exam launches in a secure browser which prevents learners from clicking away from the test or opening any new windows or tabs. Click the logo on the left for more detailed instructions about how to use LockDown Browser.



Enable Canvas Quiz Options:

When constructing any Canvas quiz, or editing one already made, be sure to enable the following options:

  • Shuffle answers
  • Show one question at a time
  • Require Respondus LockDown Browser

These settings further reduce the possibility of cheating or of learners making copies of your quiz questions to share with others.

Change the Assignment Structure:

Consider making the long-form answers on an exam their own separate uploadable assignment and use Turnitin to check for any plagiarism. Use LockDown Browser for the exam itself and the remaining questions that can be auto-graded. Then, require your learners to submit their long-form answer assignment by the end of the testing period. While this will require a couple more steps on your part and explaining it to your learners, you will be adding another layer of protection.

Upcoming Events

Workshop Wednesday: Make Your Canvas Site Beautiful

Learn all about clear, effective visual design options for your Canvas pages with the new Design Module in the Faculty Resource Center. You can find pre-made graphics such as icons, course banners, buttons, and more with customization options available. This workshop will provide a walkthrough of the entire Design Module and instructions for downloading, customizing, and placing assets in your courses. Facilitated by Rachel Greene, Digital Learning Designer. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 48 hours prior to the day of the event. Contact James Butler with any questions about this session.

Register here to join us on Wednesday, August 10th from 1:30-2:15 PM.

New Instructor Week 2022

Clemson Online is participating in New Instructor Week 2022 by hosting a day of conference sessions designed to get you ready for the fall! In addition, we will host two days for scheduled presentations as well as drop-in opportunities so you can sit down and talk with the experts. See an overview below. Register for free at the conference website and see the full schedule and each day’s Zoom links, published one week prior to the conference.

 Thursday, August 18

New Instructor Conference hosted by Clemson Online is a scheduled conference with dedicated tracks that cover a range of topics. Attend in person or through Zoom. Registration required; light breakfast will be provided for in-person attendees.

  • Topics include:
    • Canvas & Zoom
    • instructional tools
    • course organization
    • teaching strategies for international instructors
    • effective learning objectives
    • introduction to Kaltura
    • introduction to iClicker
  • 8am to 12pm
  • Watt Family Innovation Center 3rd floor

Monday, August 22

Bring your laptop and meet us at Cooper Library for a drop-in, face-t0-face conversation with one of our instructional designers about your course, chat with a librarian, learn about library support systems, and take a tour of the library’s integrated technology spaces. Additionally we will be running scheduled presentations on dedicated topics. Drop-ins are in-person while the scheduled presentations are hybrid.

  • Presentation topics include:
    • Library resources for online learning
    • Introduction to Kaltura
    • iClicker Cloud and Classic
  • 9am to 2pm
  • Cooper Library, 2nd floor (two floors down from the main entrance or 4th floor)

Tuesday, August 23

Bring your laptop and meet us at the Office of Undergraduate Studies in Vickery Hall, where we are partnering with the University Testing and Education Center (UTEC) to deliver more drop-in opportunities and another round of scheduled presentations.

  • Presentation topics include:
    • Library resources for online learning
    • Introduction to Kaltura
    • iClicker Cloud and Classic
  • 9am to 2pm
  • Vickery Hall, 2nd floor

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