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#WorldTeachersDay

A big, huge, monstrous, shout out to all the teachers who shape us into who we are today. Our team is passionate about #education and #learning, and for #WorldTeachersDay, ProctorFree team members decided to share who their favorite teacher is/was and what made them so special. What made these teachers so amazing, and why were […]

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NCTA 2015 Presentation Preview

The National College Testing Association Conference (NCTA 2015) in St. Pete, Florida is less than a week away and I can barley contain my excitement! Not just because it’s a great conference, not just because I get to see a bunch of my friends from different schools, not just because I get to go back […]

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To direct or to indirect, that is the question.

How direct can you be with your online students, especially from a virtual space? What is the best way to get your students to stay focused in your online classes? Is there a correct strategy for online students to learn course material? Epository instruction, aka a direct teaching strategy, is a style of instruction that may […]

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Comedy and Academic Integrity?

Improv! You have seen it on the television show, Saturday Night Live, and probably at your local comedy club. But can you incorporate it in your classroom? To find out, I attended the online webcast, “Improvisation and Plagiarism: Fostering a Culture of Creativity” during Turnitin’s Plagiarism Education Week. The webcast, led by Teddi Fishman, the […]

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Learning before the learning?

Similar to a marathon, a participating runner wouldn’t embark on a 26 mile journey without some sort of preparation (well, hopefully not). The same follows for students, or in this case, an “online learner”. Pre-learning activities help prepare students for the details of the lesson, getting them connected and motivated. So why is student preparation necessary? […]

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Learning by Visuals

When it comes to learning, external representations, aka visualizations, have always been valuable tools to students. Visualizations play a key role in all learning. So why are visuals important? According to The Theory and Practice of Online Education: Students learn better from words and graphics or pictures than from words alone. There is the The Spatial […]

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This Week in Cheating: Honor Codes Making a Comeback

A cheating deterrent going back as far anyone can seem to remember is to pledge an oath, a vow, to swear on something, or just simply read an honor code. It’s even Numbers 30:2 “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his […]

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Creating Equivalent Learning for Distance Learners

How do different environments affect learners? According to the equivalency theory, it is the responsibility of the educator to design learning events that provide experiences with equal value for learners no matter what environment the learners are coming from. The theory states that in order for distance education to be successful, there should be equivalency […]

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Campus Tech 2014 Key Take-Aways for Online Education

One of the biggest shockers at Campus Tech 2014, and was a key take-away for online education, was the revelation that video analysis is showing that educators can not hold student’s attention for more than 6 minutes. This factoid rocked the audience during Anant Agarwal’s keynote. If you want to read a great write-up and […]

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A Review of the Biggest Cheating Scandals of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we thought we would take some time to review some of the top cheating scandals that we blogged about over the year. While it may seem redundant, we think it’s important to take a look and see how students, teachers, and administrators find ways to cheat the system. If […]