Further complicating the process is the matter of how can that faculty member know that the student who registered for the course is the same student who applied for admission to the University and that they are the same student who is logging into the course room and who is taking the high stakes exams?
Until now this has been a complicated process which has resulted in many schools and their faculty not even proctoring high stakes exams. But now you have access to the first Proctoring Process Management System called SmarterProctoring. SmarterProctoring is integrated into your learning management system so without ever leaving the course the student can see of list of the proctoring modalities approved by their school and instructor. Then the student can follow intuitive steps to register for testing sessions across all of these testing modalities – instructor proctored, test centers, human proctors, and virtual proctors.
SmarterProctoring is now a reality because of the collaboration of four companies – SmarterServices, B Virtual, Biometric Signature ID and RegisterBlast. The CEOs of these four companies have formed an alliance called the Alliance for Learning Integrity and Authentication (ALIA). The Alliance is committed to offering and evolving solutions which all are integrated together as well as into your LMS and SIS to provide a seamless, comprehensive testing and learner authentication experience to your students. These four companies have over 25 years of combined experience in providing their services to higher education institutions and currently collectively serve over 800 institutions of higher education. No single company can provide the acumen and expertise that these four companies together are providing. No single company can be an expert in multiple services. But four companies who are leading providers of their services joining forces are providing a robust combined service that is unparalleled in the industry. The complete suite of services provided by the four companies in the Alliance for Learning Integrity and Authentication are the most robust, comprehensive, end-to-end solution available for authenticating learners and providing a secure, multi-modal testing environment.
Through the Alliance we have revenue share agreements internally which allow us to provide a lower price point than if a shcool purchased these services separately.
The process can begin for the student during enrollment. The student provides verification of identity and at that time establishes their biometric signature which is a combination of for letters or numbers which they electronically write. This becomes their digital signature which they can be prompted at times of choosing of the institution to replicate. No additional hardware or software is required for the student or school to purchase. The biometric signature authenticates at multiple times that the person who enrolled in the institution is the same person who is completing the course work. It is highly recommended that the learner authenticate using their biometric signature at the beginning of each proctored exam.
Using the SmarterProctoirng dashboard within your LMS the student is shown each proctoring modality which their institution has approved. They are then given clear instructions on how to register for their preferred testing modality. Reminders are automatically sent via email and/or opt-in text message prompting students about next steps. Similar to booking an open seat on an airplane students can schedule sessions in your local testing center or with B Virtual for virtual proctoring.
Faculty members and administrators are able to use the SmarterProctoring dashboard within the LMS to track the proctoring modality each student has selected and to monitor their progress in scheduling the exam. School administrators can view student progress across multiple courses. System wide views are also available for larger school systems.
Testing centers, approved proctors and virtual proctors can receive all communications from the instructor and school as well as submit exceptionality reports using the embedded communications interface in SmarterProctoring.
All of these features and processes described above are existing functionality within the services offered by the companies in the Alliance for Learning Integrity and Authentication.
The Alliance for Learning Integrity and Authentication was formed by the CEOs of four companies which provide complimentary services in the testing integrity and learner authentication space. All four companies are committed to developing and providing services that are integrated and which can be provided as a single service with a single price point to colleges and universities.
At most institutions eLearning students are given a choice of several proctoring options. Those options may include:
However, providing students with options of multiple proctoring modalities creates a real administrative problem. Imagine that you are an instructor in an eLearning course with 30 students. Five of the students are local and are willing to meet you in a computer lab to take their exams. Eight of the students are local but not available to meet you so they plan on testing in the local testing center provided by the University of Arizona. Seven of the students live in other cities and plan to take their exams at a university testing center in their city. Ten of the students plan on taking the exams using the virtual proctoring solution. How does a faculty member know which modality a student has chosen and how can they keep up with where each student is in the process?
The Alliance for Learning Integrity and authentication