For programs offering online courses, access to tools and services that ensure academic integrity for students who are at a distance is a priority. Several divisions at UofT have successfully used video-based online proctoring of exams for a number of years, allowing for student convenience at a relatively low cost.
Now, following an extensive review process involving consultation with our current users of online proctoring or “eproctoring” services, the university has identified two recommended vendors of these services and confirmed campus-wide pricing.
These service providers use a combination of strategies to ensure academic integrity is maintained. Example strategies include:
- Students show photo identification to webcam to verify identity
- Live proctor observes student taking the test via webcam
- Screen-sharing technology allows proctor to view student computer screen
- Browser lock-down software used to restrict access to other computer applications
- Recording of student taking exam
- Automated video review and flagging processes to increase accuracy and efficiency
Each of these vendors has been thoroughly vetted to ensure that they meet our requirements for data security and privacy; reliability and accuracy; technical support services; and full feature platforms. While these providers provide a new option for online assessments, decisions regarding use of these tools and responsibility for follow up on any potential issues remains with our academic program areas. See: Online Proctoring Guidelines
Join our eProctoring-L list serve for regular updates and information sharing among current campus users of these services. The list is called ePROCTORING-L To subscribe please send an email to email@example.com and, in the text of your message, write: SUBSCRIBE onlinelearning-l. You should then get a message confirming your subscription.
For more general information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.