Newsletter 6 – November 6th 2017
On October 2nd 2017 we organized our 2nd Transnational meeting at Wilhelm Büchner University of Applied Science (Darmstadt, Germany). It was a constructive meeting on which we discussed the past project year and our plan for the next year. In particular, we have seen that the first experiments with online proctoring were conducted with various degrees of success and that these results enable us to set-up more large scale experiments in the upcoming 2 years.
Some of our project members also went to conferences to present and talk about the OP4RE project. Silvester Draaijer presented on 9 October at the TEA 2017 Conference in Barcelona the paper “Online Proctoring for Remote Examination: A State of Play in Higher Education in the EU”. Sabine Bottin-Rousseau and Pierre Beust went from October 16-19 to ICDE in Toronto to present their paper about “Online Proctoring: Experimentation of Remote Examination in E-learning programs”. They also published an article about France and the Pajama-Friendly Exam. Amanda Jefferies of the University of Hertfordshire presented a paper with the title ‘Trialling Online Proctoring for E-assessments: Early Outcomes from the Erasmus+ OP4RE Project’ at the ECEL 2017 of 26-27 October 2017 in Porto, Portugal. Silvester Draaijer will present the first findings of the OP4RE project at the upcoming Dutch SURF Onderwijsdagen on 7 and 8 November. For more information about these papers, we refer to the OP4RE website.
After the presentation at the TEA Conference, Silvester Draaijer, together with representatives of the Erasmus TeSLA project and Smowltech entered into a round table discussion. In particular, themes were discussed concerning the question of whether online proctoring should be more secure than face-to-face proctoring. How secure is face-to-face proctoring? The conference attendants agreed with the identified target groups of candidates (exchange students, sport students, students with disabilities, prospective international students) that are in line with the long term intended outcomes of the Erasmus programme to increase access to higher education.
Also, issues were discussed regarding technologies for integration and how TeSLA functionalities could work in combination with online proctoring. Also, discussions focussed on the differences in cultures in South America and the United States in contrast to Europe. In particular, it seems that in in South America, because of the wider geographical spread of the student population and less stringent requirements regarding data protection and privacy, digital identification mechanisms such as facial recognition and storing video footage can be much easier applied.
Step by step, we are adding articles to our website. Recently we added some articles about proctoring. A first article gives us a look behind the scenes of the team of proctors of ProctorU. A second interesting article gives some tips and tricks, a number of things regarding online proctoring, such as technologies, procedures, advantages, disadvantages and the like. Take a look at our website for more information.
At this moment we are planning a date for a 2nd Reach out session. We will keep you posted.