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NSA raises questions about Internet privacy, online proctoring providers cite FERPA compliance

Recent revelations about the U.S. government’s domestic phone spying program have been dominating the coverage from major media outlets. A secret court, known as FISA or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, issued the order on April 25, 2013. The order  grants the federal government, through the National Security Agency (NSA), access to telephone provider Verizon Wireless…

Tracking the growth in distance education

In April 2013, the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) released it’s 2012 Distance Education Survey, which highlighted numerous positives for distance learning. While the survey does highlight a slight decrease from previous years, distance learners still remain at the top of overall enrollment. The survey tracked data from fall 2011 to fall 2012 and found that distance learning…

Online testing industry matures as leaders formulate standards

As online education continues to experience unheralded growth and popularity, many groups have begun to develop standards and best practices for the emerging technology. In collaboration with the Sloan Consortium, ProctorU also set out to obtain information regarding current industry practices in an effort to build a solid foundation for the industry. The survey produced…

Should smartwatches be banned during exams?

Classrooms have never been immune to emerging technologies, specifically electronic devices. Many classrooms now embrace the computer, which was once thought of as only having practical use in the government or corporate sectors. With each new technology, however, a fraction of students will always use them for iniquitous purposes. Institutions across the world are taking…

Study shows that frequent tests improve attendance and performance

New research shows that more frequent testing may improve attendance and grades. A recent study of 901 students taking an introduction to psychology course at the University of Texas revealed that overall performance and attendance increased when online quizzes were given at the beginning of each class. Moreover, the study found a 50 percent reduction in…

Grade-changing scandals continue to plague k-12 education

In what seems to be a recurring theme among many educational institutions across the U.S. in the past few years, another case of institutionalized cheating is making headlines again. While the methods have varied from school to school, it remains largely a concern of district-wide grade changing. In Montgomery, Ala. six public school educators are…

ProctorU spotlights National Distance Learning Week 2013

Monday marked the beginning of National Distance Learning Week. The week is sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and seeks to “promote and celebrate the tremendous growth and accomplishments occurring today in distance learning programs offered by schools, businesses, and governmental departments.” Distance education continues to gain popularity and enrollments continue to rise….

University of North Carolina System wins award for proctoring website

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) recently announced the winners for it’s 2013 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, which recognizes innovative uses of technology in higher education. The three winners were the University of Florida, Lane Community College and the University of North Carolina. The University of North Carolina received the WOW award for…

Harvard survey reveals cheating patterns among incoming freshmen

Harvard University, the United States’ oldest institution of higher learning and one of the most prestigious universities around the world, has not been immune from academic integrity woes. A recent survey conducted by The Harvard Crimson showed that nearly 50 percent of Harvard University freshman admit to engaging in some form of cheating on exams,…