Online Proctoring Options
Distance Education provides the option of two online proctoring tools to support a variety of needs. Learn more about these options below. Instructors are encouraged to contact Distance Education for a course consultation. We can discuss your needs and determine the best implementation for your course(s).
Honorlock provides a unique blend of proctoring to support academic integrity. Each session is on-demand and includes automated identity verification and proctoring. Live proctors are available and conduct Live Pop-Ins when a student needs assistance or their behavior triggers an intervention. The live proctor "pops-in" on the student's session to assist them and resecure the testing environment.
Examity lets faculty select the security level that best fits their needs. Support is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via online chat, email, and phone. Faculty have access to reports. From completion rates and violation reports to video files, Examity’s comprehensive dashboard gives faculty immediate access to all the information, allowing them to quickly assess, and address aberrant behavior.
Online Proctoring at APSU
Online proctoring can be used to help with academic integrity and identity verification in online teaching and learning. Distance Education provides access to online proctoring options as institutional contracts ensure students do not incur any extra fees. APSU does not require the use of proctored exams in online courses. Usage is based solely on the faculty’s determination of the best assessment type for each examination and the necessary security level to assess the learning objectives.
Online proctoring tools are used in addition to the online classroom itself. Any tool will impact both faculty and students, and it can create technical issues and frustration in an already stressful testing situation. Further, online proctoring may raise concerns and/or create challenges for students for a multitude of other reasons. Faculty need to be prepared to assist their students and must provide alternatives to meet the diverse needs of their students.
Regardless of online proctoring usage, Distance Education encourages faculty to take measures with their quizzes/exams/tests that discourage academic misconduct including:
- Converting multiple-choice questions into long answer, short answer, etc.
- Creating question pools that will pull a random set of questions for each student’s test.
- Randomizing the order of questions and the answers within a test.
- Shortening the test time to limit the amount of time students would have to search for question answers.
- Reducing the number of questions per exam page and prevent students from moving back to previous questions. This can help prevent students from splitting up the test to share answers.
- Considering changing the assessment type to require more application of concepts, for example, with a paper, case-study, presentation, video, etc.
Learn more about remote testing and alternative assessments.
Remote Testing and Alternative Assessments
Resources for selecting, designing, and administering assessments in a remote learning environment.