Remote Exams Toolkit

All classes fall term will be offered in either an Online or Remote format, with the exception of certain labs that require face-to-face interaction to achieve their learning outcomes. These labs will be offered with strict safety protocols including physical distancing, face coverings, and enhanced cleaning.

Updates and more information are posted on:

Instructors must determine how they will conduct their exams provide grades to students. Please consider the following options:

  • Provide online exams
  • Ask students to submit final work online
  • Provide alternatives that work for your class

Please notify your students how you plan to conduct your exams and collect work.

Photo of student sitting at a table taking an exam

Using Canvas

  • Distribute and collect exams using the Assignments tool in Canvas
  • Create online Tests in Canvas
  • Use Respondus to import test questions created in Word or other word processors
  • Create online tests from your Publisher Test Banks

Using Email

  • Instructors can use their Gmail accounts to distribute and collect exams. Consider whether the exam should be an open book exam or not.

Alternative Assessment Options

  • Decrease the weight of high stakes exams if they represent a significant portion of the overall course grade
  • Consider assessing students’ achievement of stated course learning outcomes based primarily on prior work
  • Consider using another method to assess students’ achievement of stated course learning outcomes, such as:
    • personal reflection on learning
    • infographic
    • summary video
    • brochure
    • research proposal
    • annotated bibliography or article review
    • analysis of data
  • Consider granting credit and assigning the final grade based on all course performance and grading prior to final exam (e.g. omit the final exam from grade calculations). In this case, instructors should provide students who want to take the final the option of doing so.


Respondus 4.0 is an exam authoring tool available for Windows PC only. Instructors can create, import and manage exams in eLearn and other learning management systems.

Specifically, Respondus makes it possible to:

  • Download publisher test question banks
  • Import test questions created in word processors
  • Create exams based on test question banks
  • Upload exams to an eLearn course

Learn More about creating exams using Respondus.

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Lockdown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within eLearn. Once students begin an exam they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL or access other applications until the exam is submitted for grading. Respondus lockdown browser is available for download at the same sources listed above.

Learn more about Respondus Lockdown Browser.

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a no-cost web camera test proctoring option that works with LockDown Browser. Students are prompted to use their web camera on their Windows or Mac computer before taking an exam. The student is recorded during the test and the instructor receives access to a recording and report on the student’s activity during the test.

Learn more about Respondus Monitor.

Chromebook Limitations

Students and faculty using Chromebooks may experience limitations with some programs. View the information below to learn more about limitiations with our academic technology on Chromebooks.

Respondus LockDown Browser for Chromebook

Respondus LockDown Browser is not available for Chromebook users. Instructors can proctor individual tests via Zoom for students who are required to use Lockdown Browser but don’t have compatible equipment. 

The Chemeketa Testing Center can provide limited proctoring by request for students who are required to use Lockdown browser but don’t have equipment that it will work with. Their instructor should help facilitate those arrangements. Please contact for questions.

Microsoft Office 365 on Chromebook

Chromebooks users can not install the traditional Microsoft Office software (Word, Powerpoint, Excel). Some newer models now run Microsoft Office apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play store.

Work-around: Students can use Office 365 via web browser. We may need to create some training to help students understand how to do this.

How to Work with Office Files on Chromebook

Students can open, edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files on Chromebook devices without installing any other apps. This includes Word, PowerPoint, or Excel files.

Note: some features and settings won’t work unless you first save your file as a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide file. However, you can save and export the file back to an Office format and share it with others or to submit your work. Learn more about how to Work with Office Files on your Chromebook.

View a short video on How to edit Microsoft Office files on your Chromebook.

Work with Office Files online

Students can also edit their files in Chrome using these extensions and apps:

Zoom on Chromebook

Students have a better experience by downloading the Zoom app from the Google Play store rather than using a web browser to join Zoom meetings.

Information for Students on Chromebooks

If you are using a Chromebook, you may experience limitations with some programs.

  • Chromebook users can not install the traditional Microsoft Office 365 software. Depending on the Chromebook model, you may be able to download Microsoft Office apps from the Google Play Store. You can also access and create Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files in your web browser using the Internet-based Office 365 software (free to students and faculty).
  • Respondus LockDown Browser is not available for Chromebooks. Contact your instructor to request alternative arrangements if you are required but unable to use Lockdown Browser.

You will have a better Zoom experience by downloading the app from the Google Play Store (see how to use Zoom on a Chromebook).

Instructor Support

Contact the Tech Hub Faculty in the Center for Academic Innovation for help with remote teaching, instructional technology, media support and more.

Building 9, Room 106 – Salem Campus

Tech Hub Faculty team

Faculty Resource Center

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