McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and ProctorU, an online proctoring company, today announced the launch of a new partnership that will enable higher education institutions to deliver digital ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) exams with ProctorU’s secure remote proctoring system. Through the partnership, customers will be able to access both ALEKS PPL and ProctorU services through a discounted bundle package.
ALEKS PPL is an adaptive placement solution that has helped colleges to assess and prepare incoming students in math and helps them lower failure rates and increase retention.
Built based on learning science theory, ALEKS PPL assesses what students already know and what they are ready to learn next, and, based on their performance on the assessment, provides students with the opportunity to improve their placement scores through an individualized, adaptive learning path in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. For more information about ALEKS PPL, visit www.aleks.com/ppl.
By using ProctorU’s service, colleges will be able to ensure a level of validity to ALEKS PPL assessments that would otherwise come from having a live human proctor. Participating colleges and universities will be able to choose from several ProctorU packages with their ALEKS PPL subscription, including ProctorU Live, a service through which a live ProctorU proctor connects with each student via webcam during an exam, monitoring the test-taker’s screen throughout the entirety of the examination.
“By pairing these two highly innovative and fully research-backed learning solutions, we are now offering our college and university partners the very best in math placement assessment,” said Bill Okun, president of Higher Education at McGraw-Hill Education. “Research shows a strong correlation between proctored exams and student success, but many of our customers simply do not have the bandwidth to provide in-person proctoring services. As more assessment happens online and off-campus, institutions are looking for ways to ensure the integrity of student scores.”
“As the online education space continues to evolve, institutions are faced with the challenge of maintaining integrity and a consistent experience in assessments,” said Scott McFarland, CEO of ProctorU. “ProctorU increases access to online learning while ensuring exam integrity and accountability for any test-taker using only a computer and a webcam. Our digital solutions are designed to address the most common challenges to the academic integrity of online programs.”