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Maximizing Exam Security with Remote Proctoring

Students at all levels of education are expected to uphold the highest levels of academic integrity, from enrollment to graduation. But the responsibility to minimize cheating and ensure exam integrity ultimately falls on the shoulders of educators, particularly the exam proctors/invigilators.

While most students are aware of their institution’s student code of conduct and the consequences of academic dishonesty, it’s not always enough to deter everyone. In a survey of 645 undergraduate and graduate students, nearly 33% of respondents admitted to cheating in an online course at some point in their higher education coursework — similar to the 32% who admitted to cheating in a live class [1].

The Right Remote Proctoring Solutions Make Exam Security Easier

Educators should have the tools they need to protect the integrity of their exams. Using a proven secure digital assessment platform that includes optional remote proctoring solutions can save educators time and effort, all while maintaining academic integrity.

Remote proctoring/invigilation solutions should be secure, flexible, and minimally invasive to the exam-taker, and easy-to-use for educators. When core proctoring features are automatic and integrated into the exam platform itself, the process is more reliable and effective.

ExamSoft’s all-in-one platform offers proven digital proctoring solutions that maximize exam security, with the flexibility for both remote and in-person exams:

Student ID Verification

Preventing exam-taker impersonation can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Exam-taker check-in procedures for large-scale exams are time consuming and often require extra staff, which can drive up institutional costs. If an exam is administered remotely, a simple username/password verification is typically the only form of exam security there is, making exam-taker impersonation possible.

ExamID addresses these challenges by providing a fast, secure, and reliable student identification process that requires no extra staff. ExamID works just as well for remote exams as it does for in-person exams. The two-step identification includes username/password verification as well as a picture-matching authentication process, significantly lowering the possibility of exam-taker impersonation. Learn more about ExamID.

Video and Audio Monitoring

Minimizing academic dishonesty often means coordinating with a proctor or faculty member to be present, whenever possible, during an exam. Unfortunately, this creates extra work for faculty and staff, limits the times and locations for exams, and can lead to scheduling conflicts that prevent students from taking exams when they need to.

ExamMonitor is the faculty-support tool that works in conjunction with ExamID to handle the job of proctoring exams in the classroom or remotely. ExamMonitor continuously records video and audio, scanning for potential anomalies throughout the assessment. The remote proctoring solution replaces in-person proctoring and helps maintains the integrity of remotely administered exams. Learn more about ExamMonitor.

Explore Remote Proctoring Solutions

Research shows an increasing number of students enrolling in online and distance programs in recent years even before the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 30% of higher education students enrolling in at least one distance education course [2]. The growing popularity of online education necessitates additional remote exam security features, while academic integrity remains an ongoing challenge with in-person courses as well. Digital proctoring solutions are a reliable way to protect the integrity of exams and your assessment data.

Request a demo today to learn how ExamSoft’s digital assessment platform can help you protect exam integrity.


References:
[1] Watson, George, and James Sottile. “Cheating in the Digital Age: Do Students Cheat More in Online Courses?” Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 13.1 (2010): n. pag. Web.
[2] Seaman, Julia E. “Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States.” Babson Survey Research Group, URL: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/grade-increase-tracking-distance-education-united-states/.

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