edX: This is how you do online courses for credit

New ASU, edX program turns to a unique virtual proctoring solution.

proctoring-verification-edXOffering online courses for credit is a unique endeavor for each institution, but the fundamentals are the same: To offer courses for credit, you need to verify student I.D. and protect against exam cheating. But how can a program do this most efficiently and successfully?

According to Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, one answer lies in the ability of a virtual proctoring solution’s decoupling of exam taking from proctoring verification.

“The solution we choose for this program is unique because instead of having thousands of employees monitor a live video stream of student exam taking, the video is stored in the cloud and watched offline at a later time,” said Agarwal in an interview with eCampus News. “What this means is that students around the world, in any time zone and at any time can take their online exam.”

He continued, saying that if the new program at Arizona State University (ASU) is successful, one major reason for that success will be the decoupling capability of the software solution.

(Next page: edX’s program at ASU; making an online course credit-worthy)