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Proctoring-by-Webcam for Online Courses

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

November 19, 2012

With the increase in numbers of students taking online courses has come the challenge of proving that students are completing the work, reports the MIT Technology Review. Remote proctoring may be the solution. Proctors gain screen-sharing abilities and access to test-takers’ webcam feed allowing them to see the test-takers’ surroundings and what tabs they have open while taking tests. Proctors can intervene and, for example, remind students that consulting a search engine for help with answers is not permitted. “Proctoring tests opens a remarkable window on the world,” one proctor says.
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