Two in every three students admit to having cheated in their courses, and students in online courses are more likely to cheat than in students in face-to-face courses. Academic integrity is an issue in education and besides pedagogical and community building solutions, instructors may use technology tools built to check and prevent academic integrity violations in online courses. In this post I will briefly introduce three technologies you can use today to improve academic integrity in your online course.
ProctorU is an online proctoring service that allows students to take exams online while ensuring the integrity of the exam for the institution. The service uses proctors who monitor exam takers in three ways:
- They authenticate the test taker’s identity to make sure that the person being monitored is the correct student,
- They observe the test taker via a webcam, and
- Watch the test taker’s screen in real-time and can see everything the student is doing both at the location and on screen.
The video below provides a brief overview of ProctorU and their services.
Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within the Learning Management System. When students start an assessment that uses LockDown Browser, they are locked into the browser and are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications until they submit it for grading.
Respondus Monitor records assessment sessions using the student’s webcam within the learning management system, and instructors are able to quickly review the assessment details.
The video below provides provides a brief overview of Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor.
Keytrac identifies users based on their typing behavior. Once the user establishes a typing pattern with the system, the software uses the unique pattern to identify each user once they are ready to take an assessment. Typing pattern cannot be faked, guessed or stolen by anyone so it provides a reliable identification method. Instructors have access to a reporting dashboard that easily provides an overview of authentication scores per assessment.
Keytrac is currently available for courses delivered in Pearson LearningStudio or courses that use ProctorU. A Blackboard integration is in development.
If you are interested in using any of the technologies mentioned above in your courses or have any other questions, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.