When it comes to high-stakes exams, like those needed to complete an accreditation program, enforcing integrity has always been the number one priority. You need to be able to verify each person’s identity before they go in to take the test and be on the lookout for questionable conduct throughout.
Online proctoring can help you break down geographic barriers and make examinations and assessments more flexible without sacrificing security or standards.
How Do Online Proctoring Tools Work?
Online proctoring tools typically use machine learning and algorithms to help prevent cheating during online exams—requiring test takers to verify their identity before they can begin and automatically identifying possible suspicious behaviors throughout. They do this with features such as:
- Biometric ID, most commonly facial recognition
- Text recognition systems to root out plagiarism
- Secure web browsers
- AI-assisted participant monitoring
The solutions may have a lot of these functionalities built in, but instructors are also able to go in and set their preferences. This lets instructors decide how much flexibility test takers should have to be able to do things like access outside applications or webpages during the test.
What Are the Key Benefits?
1. Ease of Use
Integrating online proctoring solutions within your learning platform gives learners and instructors easy and quick access to secure assessments. Test takers only need to sign in and launch it, and instructors can put together assessments much as they normally would, automatically pulling existing student information and pre-set preferences.
Online proctoring solutions can help instructors better serve learners with disabilities and those who need special accommodations by allowing them to take exams how, where, and when they need to.
People need to be able to validate their identity both before they start the exam and while they’re completing it. Depending on the solution, this end-to-end process could look something like:
- Users are asked to take a real-time picture of their face using a webcam.
- They’re prompted to take another photo of an approved piece of ID like a driver’s license.
- The image from step one is compared and authenticated against the one on their ID.
- Participation is monitored throughout according to custom rules.
- At the end, the session is either cleared or invalidated compared to session rules.
Online proctoring solutions can provide instructors with exam recordings for each person who completed the assessment, as well as reports that offer insights into learner performance. Instructors can use this information to understand engagement patterns and trends, identify challenges individual students or groups may be having, and assess how well people responded to different types of questions.
Online proctoring solutions don’t have to rely solely on algorithms. Some may have human proctors audit and provide professional reviews of the results of their automated solutions to eliminate false positives or anything that might contaminate the results of an assessment report.