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University of Belize and students agree to defer use of ‘Respondus Lockdown Browser’ for exams

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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020. 8:39 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The University of Belize (UB) informed that after a meeting with the President, Vice President, Registrar, Dean of Students and technical advisors from the Office of Distance Learning and the Information, Communication, and Technology Office along with the President of the Association of Student Governments, it has decided to defer the use of the Respondus Lockdown Browser for conducting exams scheduled for next week.

BBN reported on Wednesday that students had launched an online petition requesting the University to cease using the browser claiming privacy concerns. The students also said that the software was a malware and caused users’ devices to crash.

UB says that the meeting was held to air students concerns surrounding the software being used for the end of semester exams.

The meeting reportedly heard the concerns of all Student Government Presidents and after the discussion, they agreed on the following:

  The University of Belize will implement the use of the Respondus Lockdown Browser on the Moodle Platform for all assessments (Quizzes, Tests, and Examinations) effective January 1st, 2021.

Students, by registering at the University of Belize for the 2020-2 semester, starting in January of 2021, will accept responsibility to meet the minimum computer requirements to access and complete online education at the university. 

The President of UB thanked all the Student Government Association Presidents for representing the concerns of students and helping to find a solution to students’ concerns and agreeing to the importance of the maintenance of the academic integrity of the examinations of the University of Belize.  

 

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