Once security is enabled, you can customize settings and configure additional options through the Schoolyear 'Settings widget'. This interface allows you to adjust various settings for the specific exam.
Accessing the Settings Widget
To access the Settings widget, you can do so through the Schoolyear dashboard or directly from the test application interface:
Option 1: Through the Schoolyear Dashboard
- Open the Schoolyear dashboard.
- Click on the title of your exam to access the exam-specific dashboard.
- In the top right corner of the screen, select 'Edit Exam'.
Option 2: Directly from the Test Application
Many test applications and LMS systems that are integrated with Schoolyear provide a direct button, labeled "Configure or Settings widget" to access the Schoolyear Settings widget. Contact your test application or LMS provider to locate this button within the application's interface.
What settings can I customise?
The following settings can be adjusted. Click the item for extra information.
- Adding extra URLs to the allowlist
- Advanced settings
Adding Additional URLs to the Allowlist
The allowlist, also known as the "whitelist," is a list of URLs that are permitted during an exam. This list includes the URLs of the test application where the student is taking the exam, as well as any additional websites that may serve as a resource during the exam. URLs that are not on the allowlist will be automatically blocked for the student.
To add extra URLs to the Allowlist, follow these steps:
- Enter the desired URL in the designated field.
- Click "Add."
- The URL will then be displayed on the list below.
Factors to Consider When Adding URLs to the Allowlist:
When adding URLs to the Allowlist, it is important to keep the following in mind:
Start page: The start page is the initial page that is displayed to the student when Schoolyear is launched. This is often the login page or the start page of the exam. Only one start page can be designated per exam. The start page can be changed by clicking on the blue flag icon of the specific URL. Note: If the exam was created through the test application (via the integration), the start page cannot be altered.
Allow All Pages on This URL: When adding an additional URL, you have the option to allow the entire website (e.g. all videos on www.youtube.com) or just one page (e.g. one video from youtube.com). By default, the option to allow all pages on the website is turned on. To limit access to a specific URL during the exam, move the slider to the left.
Hidden Redirect URLs: Some websites use multiple URLs when loading a page. This means that students may be briefly directed to another URL without realizing it. These URLs are referred to as hidden "Redirect" URLs and must be added to the Allowlist separately. It is recommended to thoroughly check URLs before adding them to the Allowlist for an actual exam. If an exam was created through the test application via the integration, the Redirect URLs have already been added to the Allowlist.
To access advanced settings, click on the "Advanced Settings" title. The following options will become visible:
- Disabling Red Screen Protection
The red screen protection is a red overlay that appears on a student's screen if the Schoolyear application detects potential fraudulent activity. By default, this feature is enabled. The "Turn off red screen protection" button can be used to deactivate this feature during an exam. Please note: Disabling the red screen protection increases the risk of students committing fraud during the exam.
- Enabling the Spell Checker
By default, Schoolyear blocks the spell checker that is normally available in a browser.
However, if you want to allow students to use the built-in spell checker on their computer during a test, you can lift the blockage. The spell checker depends on the user's operating system and is not dependent on the language of the website or the language that is currently selected in Schoolyear. On Windows, the spell checker is available for the language currently active in Windows. On MacOS, the spell check will try to detect the language and adjust accordingly.
If you want more control over the spell checker during, for example, writing tests, you can use Secure Apps in combination with Microsoft Word.
Note: Schoolyear blocks the spell check that is built into the browser. A test application may also have its own spell check feature that Schoolyear does not block.