Spotlight on Online Proctoring
We are back with more great articles about higher education and online learning. Here are the articles we most enjoyed reading and sharing this week; covering subjects including online proctoring, traditional versus nontraditional students, and more in online learning.
Cheating in online courses is on the decline due to online proctoring solutions. While various proctoring technologies provide only a short-term solution, or a placebo effect, to academic dishonesty, Eduventures recognizes that ProctorFree’s commitment to analyzing 100% of proctored exam sessions is not an environment where students should press their luck by testing the system.
ProctorFree provides a proctoring solution that delivers a permanent remedy to the problem of academic dishonestly in online assessments. As part of our processes to ensure a lasting solution, ProctorFree analyzes 100% of every exam session, and students know that they are being held to a high standard of academic integrity at all times. We demonstrate that online proctoring does work.
Data from the National Center for Education Statistics, NCES, indicates that institutions need to diversify their programs and create more online education options. The report from NCES classifies the characteristics of traditional and nontraditional students. The classification of the two types of students is not as black and white as it used to be though. eCampus reports that at least 74% of all 2011-2012 undergraduates had at least one nontraditional characteristic.
Gordon Jones, the founding Dean of the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State, is pushing to leverage the speed, collaboration, and risk taking of a start-up within his program. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports Jones is concerned that students are walking away from non-preprofessional majors that can actually enrich and assist their future careers. The College of Innovation and Design offers courses through Harvard Business School’s extension program, an online program called HBX Credential of Readiness, and Jones looks to expand unique, online offerings.
Elite universities and their interest in digital learning have given online learning a facelift. By implementing online courses, top tier universities have legitimized online higher education. The Washington Post discusses how virtual courses don’t need to totally disrupt traditional degrees to have a significant impact on the future of higher education.