Hapara has recently rolled out great updates designed to “refocus learners on the task at hand.” Their updated include Open Tabs, Focused Browsing, Scheduled Browsing, and Viewing Browsing in Progress.
This blog post will focus on Focused Browsing. See what I did there?
Focused browsing allows teachers to focus their students on a specific site for a specific amount of time. While focused browsing is active, students cannot open new tabs, go to a different tab, or browse new/other URLs. This helps them stay on task without getting distracted.
This is ideal for online assessments. If you give quizzes, tests, or other timed exercises online, now you can eliminate the worry of cheating and plagiarism simply with focused browsing. If you’ve thought about online assessments but weren’t sure how to overcome the worry, focused browsing is the way to go.
There are several options for customization in focused browsing:
- Allow students to go anywhere within a particular site or limit them to only select pages
- Time limits up to 3 hours
- What happens at the end of the session, whether you close the pages or keep them open
If you're intrigued by focused browsing, give it a try in class! And then click here to see the rest of Hapara’s new updates.