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Illinois Compass 2g, Tips and Information

A page for collecting information and tips for using Illinois Compass 2g


Force Completion

Force Completion, found under Test Options > Test Availability, is typically used to prevent students from navigating away from a Test in order to minimize cheating. When a student navigates away from a Test, and the Force Completion option is turned on, the Test is automatically submitted for them by the system; however, should the student encounter any technical difficulties, such as losing internet connection, they will not be able to complete the test. Because of this behavior, you may want to limit the use of the Force Completion option to supervised/proctored exams, where, if issues occur, an instructor can be available to reset the test.

As an alternative, we recommend using the Set Timer option to limit how long students have to complete the test. If a student encounters a technical issue, or closes their browser, the timer will continue to run on the server even though they have left the test. When the Auto-Submit feature is also used, the test will automatically be submitted when the timer expires. This approach will minimize cheating while also allowing those who encounter technical difficulties to log back in and continue the test within the time limit established by the instructor.

Due Dates

When creating an assignment, be sure to associate a due date with the item; selecting this option allows students to see the due date on their Compass calendar and also allows students to be able to sync their Compass calendar items with their personal calendars.


Compass now generates a receipt upon assignment submission, and this receipt is delivered to both the student and the instructor. The receipt will allow for greater certainty if a student ever questions whether an assignment was properly turned in. Learn more about receipts here:

Captioning with Kaltura

Kaltura, a media creation and sharing tool integrated within Illinois Compass 2g, includes a built-in captioning function. Captioning allows for greater accessibility, as well as improves the experience for students who wish to review multimedia after it has been first viewed. In addition, videos become more searchable if captioned. If you have any questions regarding Kaltura captioning, please see the Kaltura, Captioning Tools  page.  

Photo Roster

A reminder that the Photo Roster tool is now active in Illinois Compass 2g. You can find more information, as well as instructions on how to turn on the Photo Roster tool, on the Illinois Compass 2g, Activating and viewing roster photos  page.

Click and Drag Files

Instructors and course designers can now click and drag files into their Compass course space. This function can be found on any content area while in the edit mode. 

Graduate Academy

A list of resources that accompanies the presentation provided at the Spring and Fall Graduate Academy for incoming Teaching Assistants

Topics Presented:

Student preview mode: Illinois Compass 2g, Student view for Instructors 
Adding users to your Compass Course Page: Illinois Compass 2g, How do I add instructors, TAs, Course Administrators, Designers, or Students 
Course styles and setting a Course Entry Point: Illinois Compass 2g, Setting Course Style Options 
Announcements: Illinois Compass 2g, Announcements 
Assignments: Illinois Compass 2g, Assignments 
Compass Grade Center Articles: 

Compass Space Request Application

How-to documentation for using the Compass Space Request Application:

Access the Compass Space Request Application at

Related Tools:

Kaltura and Illinois Mediaspace

Blackboard Mobile App Illinois Compass 2g, Mobile

Training Resources:

LinkedIn Learning:
CITL training calendar for in person training opportunities:


As always, if you need any assistance with Illinois Compass 2g, please contact Technology Services at or 217-244-7000 or CITL at

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Owner:Compass C.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2017-10-25 09:48 CDTUpdated:2022-06-20 15:16 CDT
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