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Controlling Test Printing

Controlling Test Printing

We used to provide directions to insert a special code into a Blackboard test to prevent printing the test through a Web browser. That procedure is now obsolete.

Nothing can stop students from capturing whatever is displayed on a computer monitor, with any available camera (such as in a cell phone or other mobile device, or in a pen or eyeglasses), or with the built-in screen capture function of the computer. Inserting the special code had only prevented printing from the browser software, and was completely ineffective for mobile devices. The only effective way to stop all printing of Blackboard tests is to use active human proctoring of the test, either in a computer lab or with the remote proctoring service Examity, while also making sure students do not have cameras in pens or eyeglasses, etc.

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