With in-person gatherings discouraged for public health reasons, testing and assessment services have been forced to turn to alternative means for guaranteeing the authenticity of test-takers. Remote proctoring technologies are an increasingly important method for enabling reach and ensuring security. Given the demand for information about remote proctoring, OpenEyes is sponsoring a virtual conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities it presents.
Remote proctoring services promise an alternative to in-person test taking while protecting the validity of exam results. Strategies used by these programs may include monitoring or blocking the use of other computer programs besides that of the test, video surveillance either by a live proctor or a system that can identify behavior consistent with cheating, or by flagging unusual patterns in the exam results. These services, when properly performed, offer the promise of protecting the value of assessments, and the credentials they lead to.
Remote proctoring has also come to the forefront in education in the past months as schools and universities across the world have closed and studying under lockdown has become the new normal. According to an Educause poll, 54% of higher education institutions are using remote proctoring services and another 23% are considering using them.
Despite the advantages that remote proctoring systems can offer, it’s very newness to higher stakes testing leads to ambiguities about best practices and concern over security. There are also concerns associated with privacy. Students especially have expressed fears over data privacy and video surveillance. Change.org is littered with petitions to ban remote proctoring services commonly used at universities across the U.S. The lack of exposure to this test delivery method for so many gives rise to anxiety. Yet, in the face of a pandemic—where the alternative is that assessments and education grind to a halt—the motivation to address these issues is very high.
The lack of distribution of information about the promises and pitfalls of remote proctoring is what lead the executive producers of the conference—including OpenEyes CTO Trushant Mehta and COO Robert Pedigo—to create the opportunity for learning and discussion in this area. The conference brings together leaders in test development, psychometrics, remote proctoring, test security, and accreditation services, as well as legal experts in privacy and intellectual property law. The impressive list of speakers will explore topics such as the different types of remote proctoring, implementation considerations and best practices, privacy and legal concerns, and the relation between remote proctoring and program accreditation. Through this discussion, OpenEyes is contributing to expanding the expertise of the assessment industry.
The Virtual Conference will be held from 11:15am-1:00pm EST every day from Monday, June 1st to Friday, June 5th. You can register for the conference here.
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