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Paper presented at the Higher Education in Transformation Conference, Dublin, 31st. May - 1st. April, 2015.


In the last few years’ online cloud computing courses have become more common place providing the student the capability to attend courses from home, from anywhere in the world. As this new paradigm is being adopted by colleges and universities, the next associated potential wave of change is a cloud technology termed “online proctoring.” This technology and method facilitates the online student taking tests and exams from a remote, off campus location. This technology could also potentially mean education institutions scale to larger student numbers than previously defined by the physical constraints of exam halls or lab facilities as well as reducing the remote students time and cost of travel to an exam invigilation centre. However the question is: How does online proctoring quality control standards measure up to the traditional exam room invigilation quality controls and if such a solution were implemented would there be compromises? On campus exam invigilation methods have evolved over a considerable period of time and the processes and quality control standards are well defined. This research firstly explores the types of online proctoring systems in existence. Secondly it investigates how these systems, offered by multiple cloud vendors, compare and what back end technologies they utilize. Lastly it investigates the potential gaps in the online proctoring quality control systems and how the verification and controls measure up to the traditional on campus exam hall invigilation methods.

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