E-learning is the upcoming way of education, making it a USD 100 billion-plus industry. More students are opting for online courses and diplomas, to add to their resumes. The advantage of such courses is that they can be availed remotely and thus students can complete multiple courses (online and offline) simultaneously.
Online Educational Courses are getting traction across the world. They have gained huge popularity since 2012, and according to a study by Class Central, the number of students enrolled in such courses surpassed the 100 million mark in 2018.
With so many students learning on the web, new challenges arise. Assessment and certification of students is a major challenge faced by online course providers. With many worthy and Ivy League universities coming up with their own online and distance learning courses, exam assessment and certification grows to be a major challenge.
Conducting entrance exams for universities, like SATs, is a challenging ordeal because it requires money, infrastructure, certified proctors and careful scheduling. With more students willing to travel across the globe for quality education, providing infrastructure and manpower for such exams becomes a nightmare.
Offline proctored and non-proctored online tests pose many challenges:
Providing test centers near the candidate’s location is a huge challenge faced by institutions and universities conducting any form of examinations.Finding schools or other suitable infrastructure is a herculean task.
In case if you are conducting exams a across multiple cities or locations then it adds to the challenge of managing all exam centers.
Recruiting certified proctors is a hard job, and subject to their availability. Sending them to these test centers is an added challenge and it requires time and money.
Logistical activities to communicate test center address to proctors or students are another administrative thing to be managed.
3.Scheduling the exam
Due to the availability of a limited few test centres, scheduling the exams is a nightmare. It has to be carefully planned taking into consideration many factors such as public holidays, gaps between the different exams, etc.
This means that often such exams are scheduled for long periods, often several weeks.
In online exams, without proctoring, it is very easy for candidates to carry out malpractices such as impersonation and cheating.
Additional mechanism of security using technology can be adopted by the institutions.
5.Candidates have to travel
Candidates may have to travel long distances to reach the test centers, as they are not evenly placed or might not be present anywhere close to candidates residing in remote areas. This means that students will have to spend on travel and accommodation.
Providing logistical support and security to these test centers at different locations and over large periods of time is difficult.
There is an urgent need to find a solution to these challenges and we find one in REMOTE PROCTORING.
What is Remote Proctoring?
A proctor is an officer who is certified to invigilate examinations to avoid any foul play and cheating.
Remote proctoring is a technology which aids in the remote assessment of candidates. This technology allows the test to be taken from any location provided that the candidate has access to computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones and an internet connection.
How does it work?
In a remote proctored test, candidates are monitored for the duration of the test via webcam, mic and access to the screen of the candidate’s device.
To take such a test the candidate needs:
- A suitable device such as a desktop PC, laptop, mobile phone, tablet.
- Access to the internet.
- A functioning webcam and mike.
The following process takes place when a candidate appears for a remote proctored test:
1.Candidate Identity Verification
2.The candidate is Allowed to Appear for Online Exam
Upon identity, verification Candidate appears for the online exam.
3.Images and Video Capturing
Images and Videos of Candidate are captured using a Web camera Attached.
Auto Proctoring keeps track of key events of candidate movement, mobile phone usage, and suspicious audio to monitor exam process.
Types of Remote Proctoring
1.Live online proctoring
In this type of remote proctoring, a proctor is assessing the candidate in real time via webcam, mic and access to the device’s screen.
In this method, no proctor is assessing the candidate in real time. The audio-video feed for the duration of the test is recorded. A proctor later goes through this feed and flags any malpractices noticed.
3.Automated Advanced Proctoring
In this type, there is no or minimal need for manpower. An automated system is programmed to monitor the candidate and detect any malpractices and flag them.
Here is the introductory video to understand more about Proctoring
Future of Remote Proctoring
Certain challenges faced by remote proctoring currently such as internet access and credibility of such tests are being answered by universities and global improvement in telecommunication infrastructure.
A few things that we can look forward to improving are:
1.A wider population will get access to high-speed internet and hence more candidates will take such examinations.
2. Better authentication process which will minimize the risk of impersonation.
3. Improvement in AI and automated systems will minimize the need for proctors.
4.Facial recognition, audio and video analytics and touch screen behavior recognition systems will improve and further reduce the risk of cheating.
The number of students opting for online courses has already passed 100 million and is definitely going to increase. Institutions and universities are trying to reach a wider pool of students.Taking an online course helps you learn multiple skills simultaneously.
This not only adds to your knowledge but also helps you build a good resume. Thus, the need for remote proctoring is only set to rise in the coming future.