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Remote Proctoring SIG

Welcome to the home of the eAA Special Interest Group (SIG) for Remote Proctoring. This SIG is has been established following feedback from the eAA membership keen to explore the potential for Remote Proctoring as an enabler for growth in e-Assessment.

Our mission is to establish a community and knowledge base for Remote Proctoring within the eAA, enabling members to make informed decisions about the use of this technology.

What is Remote Proctoring?

In the context of assessment services, proctoring, or invigilation as it is often referred to in the UK, is the process of providing additional observation and monitoring of an assessment session.  The objective is to:

  • Verify the identity of the learner before the test is taken
  • Prevent, identify and report collusion or malpractice
  • Support candidates with any queries or issues

This has traditionally been a role fulfilled by a trusted person physically in the room where a scheduled exam is taking place, either at an educational establishment or an independent dedicated test centre. In the UK or other countries where there is a high trust relationship between the education centre and the awarding body, the invigilator (proctor) may be a member of staff from the centre but is never the tutor.  In all of these cases the invigilator or proctor is present at the centre and the learner must travel to or attend the test location. 

Remote proctoring (invigilation) has become possible with the advent of digital audio and video facilities and the delivery of online exams.  It is increasingly popular where learners are spread across a wide range of locations and/or have engaged in distance learning to reach the point of assessment.  It is also used in accreditation programmes that carry high risk of malpractice due to the value of the outcomes.  Along with the technology to facilitate remote observation of exam sessions many parallel forms of identity validation have emerged some of which make use of innovative biometric checks and other forms of cognitive fingerprinting.

It is an important component within many e-assessment strategies and can be used alongside many forms of assessment from exams to observed tasks and practical activity.

What support and advice can I find?

The eAA Remote Proctoring Special Interest Group are working hard to provide assessment professionals with help and support in making the most of Remote Proctoring.

Firstly we brought together stakeholders from the UK awarding community in January 2018 and recorded a discussion that you can find below.

Secondly, we have asked key organisations to provide us with case studies, white papers and further information that we will upload to this page shortly.

And thirdly, in addition to the information we are planning to put on this site, we will be planning a number of events and interactive sessions designed to give you the support you need.

Remote Proctoring reduces some of the traditional assessment delivery risks, but it does introduce new risks. Therefore it is a question of finding the right solution for you, asking the right questions and taking an agile approach, running a pilot or series of pilots first. As such, we suggest you talk with organisations that have already used Remote Proctoring before investing in this method of delivery.

Tim Burnett (BTL & e-Assessment Association) led an interview of stakeholders from the UK awarding community at the headquarters of City & Guilds in London in January 2018, with guests Andy McNeill (Innovate Awards), Adam Birt (ICAEW), Liam Simington (CII) and Matthew White (NCC Education). You can watch the video below:

Keep in touch

We will be continuing the discussion on our LinkedIn group and on twitter, as well as planning to bring more information to this webpage.

Firstly please sign up as a member of the eAA here: Register for free

To join our LinkedIn group, please click here.

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