My team recently commenced an assignment consisting of several segments. The first component involved choosing a learning event and delivery technology to experience together. We selected to view video tutorials provided by Respondus (2020). This organization offers services such as Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser to support academic integrity in remote learning. Through this experience, I learned a considerable amount as I was not even aware that such a tool existed until my teammate brought it to my attention (living and working in China, I am often “out of the loop” so to speak). The videos provided by Respondus (2020) are informative, well-designed, and straight forward. The issue I am interested in examining is the effectiveness of technologies; specifically, the effectiveness of technologies designed to proctor examinations. When it comes to academic dishonesty, being a teacher in China, I personally have no concerns about student identification and authentication as I know all my students’ faces and can see them clearly whether online or in a traditional classroom setting. My main concern is cheating during exams. When I’m in a physical classroom with my students, I keep a close eye on them and remove all of their learning materials from them during exams, however remote exams are obviously different. This past week, one of my classes had their first exam through ClassIn, the teaching platform we’re currently using. I was able to watch them through their video feeds, but I couldn’t see what they were looking at. For all I know, they could have been flipping through their textbooks and notes. If we were to use a tool such as Respondus Monitor, it does enable the students to show me their desk at the start of the exam, but is that enough? A student may have his textbook or notes in his lap. Kitahara and Westfall (2007) speak of the success of hardware used by Troy University that gives teachers a 360 degree view of the students and their surroundings, however there is absolutely no way that my school or the parents will approve the cost of such a gadget seeing as remote learning is temporary for us until the end of the epidemic.
I am curious to hear your views or advice on this subject.
Katahara, R., & Westfall, F. (2007). Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Distance
Learning Courses. Retrieved from https://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no3/kitahara.pdf
Respondus. (2020. April 18). Retrieved from https://www.respondus.com/products/monitor/