Tag Archives: online proctoring

LockDown Browser vs. Locked Browser Plugins

A bare-knuckle cage fight This isn’t really a bare-knuckle cage fight. It’s a straight comparison between LockDown Browser® and the various browser plugins that refer to themselves as a “locked browser.” Let’s start with the similarities between LockDown Browser and the “locked browser” plugins: The browser runs full-screen and cannot be minimized Users cannot open […]

Integrity in Online Testing: Excerpts from a Panel Session

A Discussion about Challenges & Solutions We recently participated in an engaging panel session on integrity in online testing at the EDUCAUSE annual conference. Key moments from the session are captured below, edited for clarity and brevity. Panelists: Jeremy Bond, Central Michigan University – Interim Director of eLearning James Frazee, San Diego State University – […]

Summer School and Working Students

How Alamo Colleges District supports working students in compressed summer courses Twenty years ago, the summer months on college campuses were a bit sleepy. But with the rise of online learning, summer term has become a peak time for delivering online courses. Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio is a prime example. It offers more […]

Online Proctoring: An Insider’s View

An interview with David Smetters, CEO of Respondus An excerpt of this interview originally published by  University Business, Feb. 2017. Online proctoring has taken off over the last 5 years. What are the main issues it attempts to solve? It’s really three things. First, and foremost, it’s trying to prevent students from cheating during an […]

Kick the Tires

Not that long ago instructional technologists could “kick the tires” of software applications without much effort. Today, the piloting of software can be laden with institutional policies like “funding must be secured before piloting” or “pilots can’t end in the middle of a term.” Then comes the 100-page RFP, legal review, accessibility testing, security analysis, […]

Respondus Monitor: Breaking down the cost

When we introduced Respondus Monitor a couple of years ago, we thought instructors would use it with two or three online exams per course. It turns out they use it with 6.3 exams per course, on average. Why so many? Because we don’t charge a “per exam fee,” as most proctoring companies do. Simply put, […]