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  • OPEN CAMPUS PROCTORED TESTINGHANDBOOK FOR FACULTYOpen Campus Assessment Center Dr. Julie Giuliani, Open Campus Dean Dr. Sheri Litt, Open Campus E-Dean Amy Moore, Editor Florida State College at Jacksonville Revised and Updated July 2011
  • Table of Contents Introduction .............................................................................................................................................. 1 Types of Testing Supported by the Open Campus Assessment Center .................................................... 1 Local Testing Procedures .......................................................................................................................... 1 Remote Site Testing .................................................................................................................................. 2 Make-up Exams ..................................................................................................................................... 2 Exit Exams ............................................................................................................................................. 3 Services for Students with Disabilities ...................................................................................................... 3 Student Survey .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Blackboard Maintenance .......................................................................................................................... 4 Testing Site Guidelines and Procedures.................................................................................................... 5Appendix A: Contact Information for Testing Sites ..................................................................................... 6Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questions .................................................................................................... 7DisclaimerThe policies and procedures in this handbook are designed to serve as guidelines. They are not intendedto create any contract or binding agreement between the employer and any employee. All policies andprocedures outlined in this handbook are subject to change or modification at the employer’s discretionat any time that particular circumstances warrant. If you have questions concerning these guidelines,please consult with an administrator.
  • Open Campus Proctored TestingHandbook for FacultyIntroductionThis proctored testing handbook has been created for Open Campus faculty to serve as a proctoredtesting reference guide. It is our hope that the information contained herein will enable betterunderstanding about the Open Campus Assessment Center practices and testing procedures. We thankyou for your continued support and acknowledge the extensive part faculty play to ensure academicintegrity andapositive and successful testing experience for our students at Florida State College atJacksonville.Proctored exams and tests are locally administered in classrooms, computer labs and AssessmentCenters, and at remote sites around the globe. While the Open Campus Assessment Center at the UrbanResource Center is the main testing site for online students, other campus locations such as South,Deerwood, Kent and Nassau help to accommodate student testing needs.Additionally, the Assessment Centers at Open Campus, North, Kent, and Nassau provide special testingaccommodations during certain times and days for self-paced, online math students (MAT0025, MAT1033). Students are expected to select their testing locations and times at the beginning of the semesterterm via an electronic appointment scheduling system.Types of Testing Supported by the Open Campus Assessment Center PC exam: an exam administered on a computer Paper exam: an exam administered in paper format Make-up exams: an exam that a student missed but has permission to reschedule and complete the test Exit exams: a state required exam in order to pass a course. Remediation courses require the student to complete and pass a state exit exam. Commercial exams: exams administered for local businesses.Local Testing ProceduresProctored testing activity is a collaborative effort between faculty and the Open Campus AssessmentCenter. To begin the proctored testing process, Assessment Centerstaff sendsout a welcome letter tofaculty several weeks before the term begins requesting their preferred testing dates. Once thisinformation is collected, it is recorded on a planning spreadsheet.If a course shell requires pencil/paper exams, a copy of the exam shouldbe sent via e-mail (as anattachment) to the Assessment Center two weeks before the date the test is to be administered. If thetest is computer based, the instructor sends the testing access password along with backup tests to theOpen Campus Assessment Center. Back-up paper/pencil tests are reserved for times when there is aproblem administering a test or exam via the computer. 1|Page
  • Remote Site TestingIf students do not live in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Bradford, Union, or Baker County, they areprovided remote site testing accommodations. The Open Campus Assessment Center facilitates remotesite testing services providing students with the opportunity to attend Florida State College fromanywhere in the world while taking assessments near their home.Remote test site students are asked to complete a Remote Test Site and Proctor Form. These forms areavailable on the Distance Learning Website http://www.fscj.edu/mydegree/distance-learning/testing/assets/documents/OnlineRemoteProctor.pdf.Once a remote site test form is received in the Assessment Center all information is verified by anOpen Campus Assessment Center staff member. Afterthe qualified testing environment and proctorare verified and approved, the student will receive an e-mail confirmation along with testinginformation. Should the student’s desired testing location not be approved, Test Center staff willselect an appropriate remote test proctor near the student’s designated Zip Code.Make-up ExamsStudents who miss a scheduled exam date must contact their professor for next steps. Instructorsshould note make-up testing policy and procedures clearly in the course syllabus at the beginning ofeach term. It is the student’s responsibility to know their instructor’s make-up/retesting policies.Make-up exams must be taken no later than the week following the regularly scheduled exam.(Specially assigned Exit Testing dates/times are the exception.)Both instructor and student have make-up scheduling responsibilities that include the following:Instructor responsibilities Once student has informed instructor about a missed exam in a timely manner, and the instructor agrees to a make-up exam, the instructor will send this information to the student: Go to this web site:http://www.fscj.edu/onlinetesting Select “Special OC Testing” Select desired test date and time The instructor will also send an e-mail to assessme@fscj.edu with the following information included: Student name Course name Course reference number Exam name that student is taking If needed, a make-up exam must be sent at this time as well 2|Page
  • Student responsibilities If a scheduled exam or test has been missed, it is the student’s responsibility to contact their instructor as soon as possible and request a make-up exam. The student will follow the procedures provided by the instructor for scheduling their make-up exam. Students are responsible for bringing their testing confirmation information with them on the scheduled testing date at the Open Campus Assessment Center.Exit ExamsTheOpen Campus Assessment Center coordinates and communicates testing activity related to stateand College mandated exit examinations. Students taking an Exit Exam for ENC0025, MAT0018,MAT0028 and/or REA0017 must schedule and complete their Exit Exam on the dates/times provided bythe Open Campus Assessment Center. The Open Campus Assessment Center assigns speciallydesignated Exit Testing dates/times to meet college mandated Final Grade deadlines and to comply withcollege Institutional Effectiveness standards. Faculty are responsible for communicating Exit Testingdates/times to their students and ensuring that all Exit Testing students complete their Exit Exams onthe scheduled date/time.Open Campus faculty living in Jacksonville administer initial exit exams to their students. If a studentmisses their initial exit exam,they may be able to schedule a make-up exam. Instructor approval isneeded for a make-up or retest for an exit test. Exit testing make-ups and retests are only offered at theOpen Campus Assessment Center.Open Campus faculty living outside of Jacksonville are assigned a Test Examiner to streamline the ExitTest process. The Test Examinerfacilitates communication with the instructor about exit testingschedules and exit testing procedures for students to follow. Once a student has scheduled an exit examappointment, they will receive e-mail confirmation that must be shown to Assessment Center Staff atthe start of a testing session.Services for Students with DisabilitiesThe college fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students who requireaccommodations for online courses should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities toarrange services. The Director of Services for Students with Disabilities can be reached for moreinformation at 904-632-5007. Additional information about services may be found atwww.fscj.edu/mydegree/disabilities-services/student-responsibilities.php.As appropriate, the following services can be provided upon receipt of documentation of astudent’sdisability: Note Taker Tutor Reader Scribe Interpreter 3|Page
  • Testing Accommodations Adaptive Equipment/Software Enlarged or Braille Instruction Material CLAS Waivers or Special Accommodations Course Substitutions Voter RegistrationAny student with a disability requesting assistance may contact the Office of Services for Students withDisabilities on the appropriate campus. North Campus and Nassau Center (904) 766-6784 Voice and TDD Downtown Campus, Urban Resource Center and Open Campus (904) 633-8488 Voice and TDD Kent Campus (904) 381-3500 Voice and TDD South Campus and Deerwood Center (904) 646-2191 Voice and TDD Director of Services for Students with Disabilities (904) 632-5007Student SurveyAt the end of the term students will be asked to complete a survey related to their testing experience.Student feedback is an important part of the Open Campus Assessment Center continuous improvementeffort.Blackboard MaintenanceThere are limited times in each term during which the Blackboard Course Management System isunavailable due to maintenance and upgrades. The times and dates of scheduled maintenance areposted on the Blackboard home page at https://bb.fscj.edu/. Faculty should be aware of and remindstudents of Blackboard outage dates. 4|Page
  • Testing Site Guidelines and ProceduresThe following items outline expectations and requirements for all testing locations.1. Students are required to present valid government-issued photo identification with signature.2. The name of the student must match the identification name.3. Students must present e-mail test confirmation for MAT 0028 and MAT 1033.4. Materials or supplies are not admitted into the testing room. ONLY materials provided by the proctor (i.e., paper and pencils) or allowed by the instructor (calculators, pocket dictionary, etc.) are permitted in the testing area.5. No food or drinks are allowed in the testing area.6. Students may only use materials provided by the proctor, unless the instructor has authorized supplemental testing materials.7. Students are not permitted to leave the testing area once the test/exam begins. Students are only permitted to leave the testing area to use the restroom when necessary, and only one student is permitted to leave at a time.8. All electronic devices must be turned off during testing.9. All scratch paper, used or unused, are to be returned to the proctor along with any other testing items.10. Students requiring special needs accommodations must maintain the proctor prior to testing.11. No children are permitted in the testing area.12. A quiet testing atmosphere is expected at all times. No talking or excessive noise is allowed during testing periods. Earplugs are available upon request.13. All tests must be completed prior to closing. 5|Page
  • Appendix A: Contact Information for Testing Sites Contact Information forTesting SitesPhysical Location:Open Campus Assessment CenterUrban Resource Center, Room 108601 West State StreetJacksonville, FL 32202Office Phone Numbers:Open Campus General Testing Information 904-632-5020Remote Site Testing – Exit Exams 904-632-5020Local Testing For Courses 904-632-5087Local Testing for Exit Exams 904-632-5020Security Phone NumbersDeerwood Center Security 904-997-2650Downtown Campus Security 904-633-8200Kent Campus Security 904-381-3688Nassau Center Security 904-548-4450North Campus Security 904-766-6608 904-766-6709Open Campus URC Security 904-632-5026South Campus Security 904-646-2357SECURITY EMERGENCY NUMBER 904-633-8200 6|Page
  • Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions1. I am a local student. Where and when can I take my proctored exams? Local students can choose from different campus testing locations if the exam is pencil/paper: Open Campus, South, Kent, and Nassau. Computer-based exam students can choose from certain campus testing locations –Open Campus, South, Deerwood, Kent, and Nassau. Students may also choose from different testing times and dates.2. Is there any cost? No.3. If I am not a local student, how and where can I take my proctor exams? Remote students can take their exams with approved test proctor near their Zip Code. Students should review their course syllabus for more information on remote testing.4. Are appointments required for testing? Appointments are required for testing. Students with appointments are always tested first. Walk-ins may be tested only if there are available tests, seats, and time.5. What if I have an emergency and cannot test when I scheduled my appointment? The student can ask their instructor whether a make-up exam is permitted. Only the instructor has the authority to allow make-up tests.6. What information do I need to bring with me at my testing location? Students must present valid government-issued photo identification with signature at the time of testing. Active duty military may use their military ID card in order to test.7. What happens if I arrive late at my site? It is possible that students could be turned away and need to reschedule. If within the allowed testing week, students may be able reschedule an appointment at another testing location. Not all professors will permit students to take a make-up exam.8. Is my exam paper/pencil or computer based? This information will be provided in each course syllabus.9. How much time do I have to take my exam? Time allotment is at the discretion of the instructor or course shell. 7|Page
  • 10. May I use a calculator? Some exams do allow a calculator. Individual instructors will furnish the Assessment Center with those instructions.11. What type of exam will it be? Multiple choice, fill in the blank etc.? The choice for the type of exam is the instructor’s decision.12. Where is the Open Campus Assessment Center located? 601 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Rm. 10813. Is it possible to cancel my appointment in the online appointment software? Yes, it is possible. Students should be mindful of classmates’ appointment needs and cancel unneeded appointments to free up testing times and locations for other students 8|Page