How to stop cheating in MOOCs

This is also changing with institutes like Antioch University in the U.S., providing learners with credit scores. Also, the rising demand for a formal degree from learners seeking credit scores through valid assessment has also nudged MOOCs provider to incorporate valid assessment programs.

The role of an online assessment partner who can help MOOCs conduct a smooth, cheating free examination is undisputed. Assessment will help both the student and the course instructor to establish the authenticity of the knowledge, skills gained from an online course.

This ascertains equal opportunity for an online course student at par with a traditional university degree holder. The following checklist will help any online course provider decide how to choose the right online assessment platform:

  • Auto-assessment technology – An online assessment partner should be able to provide “environs” that are self sustained. From authoring a multi-competency assessment to automatic invigilation and easy content upload, everything should be in one plate.
  • Auto-Proctoring: To ensure that a learner does not simply Google his way to a certification, a good assessment partner should be able to provide an cheating proof environment. Photo ID verification, signatures, typing-styles, screen-sharing, webcams are known and tested ways to avoid cheating in exams. Whats more, it also helps to cut down cost of hiring a manual proctor. The use of a webcam and microphone enables learners to take exam at their home, while the camera does its work recording the associated screen activity.
  • System Scalability: Scalability of an assessment software is critical for smooth functioning of the MOOC. For example, course on The Ancient Greeks – a relatively obscure topic may have around 2,000 tests per annum, while  a popular course like Computer Networking will amount to around 20,000 tests in the same time. The assessment platform should be able to scale seamlessly.

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