Remote Proctoring – How to Manage Online Examinations Safely

Our education industry has really been through the ringer this past year. From hard lock downs to staggered attendance, not to mention exhaustingly endless sanitation procedures.

With examinations looming, some institutions may be left scratching their heads around how best to go about managing venues, limited numbers, safety and so on – while keeping learner stress to a minimum.

What if you could allow learners to write exams online from the comfort of their own homes or office? How could you ensure the integrity of the exam, and that the results are credible?  

The answer, of course, lies with technology! Remote proctoring to be specific.

What is Remote Proctoring?

A proctor is someone who monitors or supervises learners during examinations, they ensure that rules are being adhered to and that cheating is not taking place.

Remote proctoring requires specialised software designed to monitor learners during online examinations. This can be  achieved either live, afterwards by reviewing recordings, or both.

HOW DOES REMOTE PROCTORING WORK?

The Remote Proctoring software is integrated into your existing Learner Management System natively, allowing you to add powerful functionality to any assessment that is intended to function as an exam.

When the learner launches the exam, they will be required to validate their identity. The system will then ensure permissions are accepted and that the webcam and microphone are working before showing a tutorial video.

Once the exam begins the system begins tracking:

  • Via the Webcam: Monitoring and recording the learner’s facial position and environment.  
  • Via the Microphone: Monitoring and recording all noise.
  • Via Screen recording: Monitoring and recording all work being completed on screen.

On completion of the examination a full recording of the screen and learner is saved in the database, and a detailed credibility report is generated.

HOW DO WE ENSURE THE EXAM CREDIBILITY?

At the end of the session, the system automatically evaluates the exams credibility, including all indicators of the session. 

The algorithm records and timestamps the following behaviours, these can be monitored live, or reviewed in recordings after the exam.

  • Focus is switched to a third-party application or browser tab
  • Browser window is not extended to the entire screen
  • The webcam is disabled or inaccessible
  • No face in front of the camera or does not look at the camera, the system cannot find the face in the frame
  • Several people in front of the camera, the system detected more than one person in the frame
  • Can’t recognize the face, the face doesn’t look like a profile photo
  • Found a similar profile, the system found the other profile with a similar picture
  • Atypical keyboard handwriting, the system has detected a significant change in typing style
  • Microphone off or low volume
  • Talk or noise in the background
  • No network connection
  • No screen videos
  • Screen area is not fully displayed or an optional monitor is connected

IN CONCLUSION

Remote proctoring is becoming an increasingly popular way for educational institutions and corporates to conduct remote online examinations while maintaining integrity and credibility.

If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from this technology, please feel free to contact a LearnTech consultant. 😉

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