Proctoring or invigilating students is imperative to the credibility of exams.
As education institutions across the spectrum turn to online learning, proctoring means that exams can also take place without the need of an exam hall or classroom base.
In the short term this is a practical solution during the coronavirus pandemic. In the long term, it reduces costs for both the educational setting and the student without affecting the credibility of the assessment.
What is proctoring and what are the benefits? This blog post explains.
What is proctoring?
Proctoring is the process of monitoring students and learners during an examination.
It means the undertaking of exams that are done online can be recorded and encrypted.
This can be achieved by monitoring both the student and computer activity. It allows staff to have eyes-on functionality during the assessment and also means exams can be sat simultaneously around the world.
What are the benefits of proctoring?
Both candidates and organisations benefit from online proctoring.
Read more: 5 benefits of proctoring
What are the benefits of online proctoring for candidates?
- The candidates enjoy more flexibility about where an exam takes place. It also opens the possibility of exam windows, offering convenience.
- Exams can take place at home or in an office – which the candidate may feel more comfortable.
- Time convenience means they don’t have to take time off work to travel to the test location.
- Added privacy by sitting exams at home.
- Candidates are often more used to working on a computer than writing answers by hand. It allows for more functionality via tools such as spreadsheets.
What are the benefits of proctoring for organisations?
- It removes administrative burden. It removes the need of in-person invigilators and test centres, saves time and costs.
- Not needing to book a specific space means exams can take place more frequently.
- Exams can be scaled up worldwide – meaning the potential for more exams with greater geographical reach.
- Security increases as invigilation becomes more one-to-one, any cheating would become more obvious and any evidence would be recorded.
- Saving space at key times of the year is critical for universities. Through online proctoring it can be achieved through taking students out of spaces such as exam halls.
How EDLounge can help with proctoring
EDExams’ sophisticated online learning and training platform includes proctoring.
The staff control panel means the invigilator can simultaneously view both the student and their machine. They can interact with the student prior to the exam taking place to ensure all surfaces are clear and that cheating cannot take place.
EDExams uses lock-down technology in order to create a secure environment.
The platform provided is a bespoke solution tailored to the individual’s or organisation’s needs.