SafeExamBrowser (SEB) is a secure kiosk web browser environment used to carry out e-assessments that run on exam servers. SEB opens a web browser without an address and search bar, loads a pre-configured webpage and locks an iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) into a single app kiosk mode. This mode prevents students from switching to other apps, accessing websites and communicating with other students during an exam. SEB enables secure exams on unmanaged iOS devices like students' own iPads as well as on iOS devices owned and managed by an institution. SEB doesn't use a centralized server or cloud service; it can be configured with an API, config files and config links. It can be used with most web-based quiz and e-assessment systems. For improved security and usability, some exam systems provide additional built-in support for SEB. Currently, SEB integrates especially well with learning management systems (LMS) such as Moodle, ILIAS, OpenOLAT and with several non-commercial and commercial exam systems, such as Inspera Assessment, Dugga and Exam.net.
SEB uses one of the single app modes provided by iOS. After an exam is submitted, SEB can automatically end the app self-lock kiosk mode (an exam invigilator could also use a quit password to end the SEB exam session and unlock the device if necessary).
SEB features an optional Dock displaying buttons for various commands. Instead or in addition, a left slider menu shows a list of open browser tabs and commands which can be used to (if enabled in settings) quit an exam session, jump back to the start page of an exam, reload a web page, and navigate back/forward in the browsing history.
SEB for iOS uses the same format for encrypted .seb configuration files as the SEB versions for other platforms. Those config files allow to individually configure SEB to display the start page of an exam system or an exam portal page with a list of links to current exams. If SEB for iOS is installed using a mobile device management (MDM) system, its initial configuration can easily be deployed using the "MDM Managed Configuration" feature. You can also directly start an exam with an individual configuration in SEB for iOS using a special config hyperlink. This link can be opened by examinees from Safari, Mail or a messenger app. In addition, you can use QR codes containing SEB links. An exam can directly be started in SEB by using the iOS Camera app or the built-in QR code scanner.
SEB also works together with Apple Classroom, teachers can start individually configured exams on all student devices. See https://safeexambrowser.org/ios for more information.
SafeExamBrowser for iOS was developed by Daniel R. Schneider, ETH Zurich, Educational Development and Technology (LET), based on the original idea of Safe Exam Browser by Stefan Schneider, University of Giessen
Project concept: Thomas Piendl, Daniel R. Schneider, Damian Büchel, Dirk Bauer, Michael Kern, Kai Reuter, Tobias Halbherr, Karsten Burger, Marco Lehre, Brigitte Schmucki, Oliver Rahs.
Safe Exam Browser is released as freeware. The code is subject to the Mozilla Public License Version 1.1 (the "License"); you may only use these files in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.mozilla.org/MPL/ .
Important parts of this project have been carried out as part of the program "AAA/SWITCH – e-Infrastructure for e-Science" led by SWITCH, the Swiss National Research and Education Network and the cooperative project "Learning Infrastructure" (part of the CRUS program "Information scientifique: accès, traitement et sauvegarde") coordinated by SWITCH, and was supported by funds from the ETH Board and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
• SEB is now running on iOS 12.
• Supports full screen size on all new iPhone devices.
• The Initial Configuration Assistant now allows to search the local network for SEB settings by just tapping a button (when an institution supports this feature).
• Improved information for users in some of the dialogs displayed when configuring SEB and finishing an exam.
• QR codes can now contain an optional query string, for example to identify a specific user or exam.
• Specific assessment systems can be accessed using Universal Links:
• A regular web link to a supported system opens directly in SEB.
• If the user doesn’t have SEB installed yet, the link opens in Safari and a smart banner shows a button to install SEB from the App Store.
• Using deep linking, SEB can open direct links to all pages of a website.
• Universal Links also work with QR codes: You can print one QR code which users can scan with the camera app (starting with iOS 11). This will then allow examinees to install SEB and start an exam on your system with just one QR code.
• On supported systems, users can log in with their passwords saved in iCloud Keychain.
• The title of the currently visible webpage tab is displayed underlined in the left side menu.
• Fixed a hyperlink compatibility issue. This solves problems with some website features previously not working in SEB for iOS.
• Fixed a security issue when accessing the settings editor.
• SEB for iOS now can use embedded TLS and CA server certificates and certificate pinning for higher security when accessing exam servers. Use config files saved in the SEB versions for supported desktop platforms.
• You can configure a minimal required iOS version. SEB will then refuse to run on an older iOS version, for example for security reasons and to ensure availability of latest web technologies in the iOS WebKit browser engine.
• New setting for a browser user agent suffix, which is appended to all regular user agent strings.
• Stability and security improvements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.