[LON-CAPA-users] Exam Security

Lars ljensen at tmcc.edu
Sun Mar 11 14:03:20 EDT 2012

Hi Everyone,

Our lab computers reset to original state when rebooted, so before a
student wants to take an exam, we run a registry file that secures the
station for a student that wants to take a exam. This is relatively
simple to set up. The result is a work station with explorer.exe
disabled so there is no interface to the student other than the
browser, which has been set up in kiosk mode, with a firewall so it
can only access a whitelist of allowed sites. External drives are and
keyboard short cuts have been disabled.


On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM, Todd Ruskell <todd.ruskell at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Seema,
> We haven't tested this super-rigorously because we have pretty good
> proctoring, but this is what we've done to minimize issues:
> For our Windows labs, we've created a specialized "exam" windows account.
> It is established with permissions to run IE and desired plug-ins, and only
> browse certain web addresses (ie: our LON-CAPA servers). At least at one
> point, we were also able to customize the IE title bar, so a proctor walking
> around the room could simply make sure the student was using the exam
> account by looking at just the title bar.  Once logged in to the specialized
> Windows account, the users of course use their own usernames to get into
> Todd
> On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM, Seema Ali <sali at vsb.bc.ca> wrote:
>> I was wondering how to provide a secure computer environment for writing
>> exams.
>> The Opera browser has this pretty awesome kiosk mode.  You can even block
>> Alt-F4 and Cntrl-Alt-Del with it in a Windows OS.  However, the computer
>> technician discovered that Opera is not compatible with Lon Capa.  Is that
>> still the case?  The technician is not too keen on maintaining a new
>> browser.  We have Firefox and IE and there is a kiosk mode for Firefox but
>> it is not a secure as Opera.
>> Oh yeah and for an extra bit of a challenge, I have no budget to implement
>> a solution. =]
>> Any thoughts?
>> Thanks.
>> From Seema.
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