Illinois Compass 2g, Tips and Information

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

Planned Downtime

On December 23, 2017, Illinois Compass 2g will be down for a planned period of time for some service updates. The outage will take place for approximately 8 - 10 hours, beginning in the very early hours of the morning, approximately 2:00 a.m.

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.

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.

Kaltura Webcam Tool Retiring

At the end of the Fall 2017 semester, the Kaltura webcam tool will be retired by Kaltura. The webcam tool is Flash based and will no longer be a viable solution. Your options are to use CaptureSpace or the built in recording tool on your device, and then upload the video file.

The webcam option will be in place through the end of the no-change period on December 23.

This will affect users in Compass2g and MediaSpace

See also Kaltura, Recording webcam video

Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra is a free web conferencing tool that is available now in Illinois Compass 2g. Ultra lets instructors host lectures, discussions, and online office hours from any location. Please watch this video to learn more about Collaborate Ultra. If you would like to use Collaborate Ultra in your Compass course and have any questions, contact Technology Services at or 217-244-7000.

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.


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

Keywords:forced completion, downtime, compass, ultra, kaltura, caption, test, exam, tips, information   Doc ID:77591
Owner:Compass C.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2017-10-25 09:48 CDTUpdated:2017-10-27 08:56 CDT
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