Online Test Proctoring By Webcam

Online Test Proctoring By Webcam

April 22, 2013

Online proctoring providers are being hired by universities to remotely proctor "nontraditional" students taking tests at home. ProctorU and other companies use different approaches to watch students. Some monitor live feeds, while others record students via Webcam and watch the recordings. Some require students to share a view of their computer monitor, and allow a proctor to override their cursor if necessary. Others make students install software so they cannot use Web browsers or chat programs while the exam is in progress. Kryterion, another company, notes "aberrant behavior," including when a test taker leaves his seat or answers the phone, for example, in about 16 percent of the exams it monitors. This does not always mean the students are cheating, but it does mean the university will be notified. The companies argue their services are better than in-person proctoring. "The level of supervision over the Web is much more intense," said William Dorman, chief executive at Kryterion. "Frankly," he said, "we can spot any cheating."

Behind the Webcam's Watchful Eye, Online Proctoring Takes Hold
Steve Kolowich
The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 15, 2013

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