Virtual Reality (VR) based applications on the iPad to eliminate proctoring.

Reading articles which note students being persecuted for a variety of reasons during a proctor controlled online examination, places distrust into a system designed to create future leaders. While confirmation of academic integrity within the examination within post secondary, remains crucial to ensure students are not being dishonest. The institution as well is culpable when creating an unreasonable session for testing. Rose challenged that Securexam, Weassessor and Acxiom Corporation (Rose, 2009, p. 83), where each brings a dynamic to proctoring different from each. Of these technologies, cost is a factor towards not incorporating the system.

Dignity should not be the cost of proctoring an examination at post secondary institutions. Drew noted nursing student Sarah Seyk proctored examination was halted for three separate occasions (Harwell, 2020). Loss of time within the examination too was noted, with the required steps to reverify the student to the exam. Proctoring while a necessary tool for each institution to alleviate or remove academic dishonesty, this action should not directly fall against the integrity of the student body.

An environment that creates a safe and secure location would best utilize through an application controlled by the institution through an iPad to VR headset and controllers, Remove the chance of dishonesty, by setting the test environment in VR will offer the proctor or examiner the space to administer the test while ensuring hands and eyes are too busy for trying to use dishonest mechanisms such as notes or websites.

The topic of utilizing VR to remove the strong armed proctor, allowing for confidence of the student to shine instead of hiding behind the fear of failure due to not looking at the camera long enough.


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Harwell, D. (2020, November 12). Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic. Now students are fighting back. The Washington Post.

Rose, C. (2009). Virtual Proctoring in Distance Education: An Open-Source Solution. American Journal of Business Education, 2(2), 81–88.