Online proctoring isn't new, but it is a new experience for students who aren't used to online learning and online exams

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Online proctoring isn't new, but it is a new experience for students who aren't used to online learning and online exams

Companies that offer online proctoring solutions have different solutions that offer various options, such as live proctors or artificial intelligence technology.

Assessments taken in classrooms during exam periods are proctored live with faculty in the room; projects and papers are evaluated by an instructor in campus offices or presented by students during class sessions. Personal presence and attention are the historical benchmarks for ensuring assessments are fair and objective.

But what happens when we put our exams and project/paper assessments online? How do instructors ensure the administration is fair for all students, and that the system has integrity? Many do this through live online proctoring.

With 1.2 billion learners impacted by COVID-19 school closures, proctor applications are becoming critical for ensuring test taking remains fair remotely. Because proctor applications require a lot of information from the user, such as webcam access, driver’s licenses, passports, and sometimes a complete computer takeover, the organizations behind these apps are responsible for keeping user data secure to protect privacy.

If this user data is breached, students are at an increased risk for identity theft and fraud. With institutions remaining online or hybrid, proctor application development will likely increase, so data protection and privacy must be front and center.

Laura Ascione