What’s So Trendy About Webcam Proctoring That Everyone is Going Crazy Over It?
As remote exams become integral in education, the webcam proctoring industry grew into a $438.8 million industry last year and it’s not hard to see why. A popular, trendy solution for academic dishonesty, webcam proctoring provides a flexible, cost-effective option for proctoring exams. In fact, according to an April 2020 Educause study, about 54% of institutions surveyed are using online or remote proctoring for exams.
As classes went remote for the past year and a half and students scattered all over the world to their respective homes, it was no longer feasible to have students take exams in person. By allowing students to take exams wherever they could, as long as they have internet access, webcam proctoring provides a lot of flexibility for students and relief for professors and teachers.
Students can even take exams from the comfort of their home, conveniently reducing commute times and stress stemming from the length of the commute, possibility of getting lost en route, time spent finding parking near the testing center, or chance of forgetting important identification documents at home, since everything they would need for the exam would be all in one place.
The remote nature of webcam proctoring also helps support areas that may not be normally serviced by physical testing centers, including especially rural places, since these centers are not always equally distributed across the country. Furthermore, the center closest to you may not be able to have sufficient space, availability, or proctors trained to accommodate the tests you need to take.
Webcam proctoring is particularly important for test takers who do not have access to reliable transportation to and from physical testing centers, something that could prevent them from taking important certification exams to keep them competitive and knowledgeable in their fields of interest.
Some new research has proposed that students might be more likely to cheat on unproctored exams, illustrated through severe cases of academic dishonesty emerging from universities like Georgia Institute of Technology, Boston University, and West Point. Although there are flaws in contemporary AI-proctoring methods, webcam proctoring services often reduce likelihood of academic dishonesty.
In addition, due to the way webcam proctoring is administered, students often are not introduced to their proctors until the day of the exam and their proctors may be thousands of miles away. By having proctors who students are not familiar with previously, webcam proctoring reduces the likelihood of proctors teaming up with test takers to cheat.
However, webcam proctoring software platforms can actually be compatible with institutional resources if that is your preference. Proctor360 offers our Institutional SaaS remote proctoring solution which integrates our platform with the personal proctoring staff of other organizations or institutions to maintain university standards and keep test-taker data within the organization. We provide training and certification programs for such proctors as well.
With these training programs comes an ease of use. Proctors are well equipped to handle scenarios that may arise during an exam session, giving teachers, professors, and school administrators one less thing to worry about.
Unlike completely AI-based proctoring, webcam proctoring offers the ability to communicate with a human proctor in real time. With a chat feature, you can explain technological issues or unforeseen circumstances to your proctor who is trained to only flag suspicious activity, unlike AI which may flag indiscriminately.
In addition, because the whole process is completely remote, webcam proctoring services can reach anywhere in the world from a single location. Proctor360 is based in Virginia but has employees in several different states and contracts with organizations all over the country.
Although the popularity of webcam proctoring has only grown in recent years, in huge part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that it is here to stay in the education technology industry.