Lecture capture used to proctor exams in higher education

Monitoring test takers with lecture-capture technology can save campuses money.

Valerie DeVoss knows what test cheating sounds like: Tapping on a smart phone, the rustling of unseen papers, and barely audible whispering – all tipoffs that can be recorded by lecture capture systems used to proctor exams for online students.

Devoss, nursing instructor at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Wyoming, said the campus’s switch to equipment traditionally used for recording professors’ lectures has helped educators there more closely monitor students who take quizzes and tests online, by themselves.

Colleges and universities have long used pricey technology to keep an electronic eye on online students. Eye and fingerprint scanners, along with expensive cameras are among the most common tech tools for proctoring web-based tests.

LCCC has saved about $40,000 on each course that uses the lecture capture system to proctor exams, said a spokesman from Tegrity, the California-based company that makes the equipment used by LCCC instructors.

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The savings stem from allowing students to take tests alone, with the camera rolling, instead of traveling to a faraway facility where people hired by the school monitor exams.

Devoss and technology officials at LCCC said lecture capture technology with dual purposes has saved the campus money and provided a reliable exam monitoring system with a 360-degree view and ultra-sensitive audio that picks up even the quietest sounds.

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