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Is there a way to disable the option to open multiple tabs?
My wife is a HS foreign language teacher and uses Firefox to run online exams. Although it is obviously against the "rules", students have been caught opening additional tabs to check translations they are unsure of. Is it possible to disable the multiple tab option, even if just temporarily?
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I'm not sure if that's possible, or even the best option. You can hide the tab bar, but crafty students will know how to switch tabs with hotkeys.
I take it the issue is with computers owned and operated by the school? Why not simply restrict their network access to just the online exam platform instead? You can also impose the restriction if students use their computers through the school's access point.
Alternatively, you can try out add-ons such as https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/max-tabs/, but they are workarounds. And where there are workarounds, there may be MORE workarounds. Network access blocking is the only surefire way to guarantee users stay where you want them to.
I failed to mention it, but it's actually a private school and the students all provide their own computers. They are often encouraged (required really) to use them to access the online sessions from the publisher (among other uses).
True dat for workarounds....they'll figure it out. And the add-in would require that they were all trusted to install and run the add-in with the tabs limited. However trust seems to be the crux of the problem (with a minority - but they screw it up for everybody as usual) . :-)
I will mention the network restriction and she can see if IT can work something out. Thanks for the ideas!
No sweat, hope the IT guys are flexible and can arrange the block! :)
Even if it would be possible then then knowledgeable user could still open another browser instance with a separate profile folder or use multiple browsers. You would never be able to detect this.
You probably would have to use a plugin like Flash or Java and detect if the focus is lost to check this more reliably.
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Some exam software blocks access to other applications until work on the exam is completed. For example, ExamSoft has a program for Windows, Mac, and iOS called SofTest. ExamSoft probably is overkill, but maybe there is something else out there. Browsers are often used in kiosks, for example, so there might be a lightweight way to keep the user in the browser along those lines.
Alternately, using proxy software to restrict access from the classroom to approved sites during that time might be more practical, as the school may have the capability mostly in place already.