Today Silvester Draaijer presented the setup of the OP4RE project for the Special Interest Group Digital Assessment (SIGDT) and the SURF Foundation. During this boar meeting many of the aspect, goals, and aspirations of the project were discussed. Especially with regard to the future use for EU digital assessment.
At this conference Sabine Bottin-Rousseau and Daniel Haven presented the OP4RE project. Information about their presentation and the rest of the conference on creating online higher education can be found:
Last October 25 and 26, the OP4RE Project Management Group, additional staff from the participating institutions and a number of invited speakers gathered at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for their first transnational meeting. The agenda for the meeting can be found on the project’s website https://onlineproctoring.eu under PROJECT PAGES -> TRANSNATIONAL MEETINGS
The meeting was lively and a number of issues were discussed relating to the set-up, the intended outcomes, and anticipated difficulties of the project.
We learned a lot from the presentation of Lex Sietses of SURFnet of the Netherlands. Lex his presentation can be found here: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/97092479f18197382e04545765f38efb and https://cloud.swivl.com/v/ee5048f14859f5f145cc26fb99ade7ee. Lex has written a White Paper on Online Remote Examination in the context of higher education with an emphasis on privacy issues. Lex made very clear that privacy is of utmost importance as remote video capture and storage of individuals and installing software deals with high sensitive personal data. Deploying online remote proctoring is definitely possible from a privacy point of view, but a number of conditions must be taken into account which may limit initial deployment. His presentation and work provides the project with a head-start for our Intellectual Output regarding privacy regulations.
From discussions concerning security issues in remote examination, we learned that we need to pursue several lines of inquiry. First, the project needs to dive into describing how institutional privacy, security, information safety policies, risk assessment and risk acceptance procedures of an institution’s top-level board of directors is organized. Then can be described how online remote examination fits into these procedures and guidelines. Second, security issues can be identified at a number of levels, actors and configurations in the technical proctoring systems. Which issues are those and what is the best way to test and describe security risks in view of institutional security policies. Third, security issues and fraud can also be identified in the test-development and test-taking, proctoring and test-analysis process. Fourth, given the results of such impact assessments, a comparison needs to be made with the current paper-and-pencil examination procedures to establish a baseline with which to compare online remote proctoring. These lines of inquiry all form output of the OP4RE project.
A discussion led by Marinke Sussenbach of Delft University of Technology showed that it is difficult to assign and use Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOC) acquired credits in accredited education systems. She presented the case of Delft University of Technology that tries to set-up a ‘trust’-system with a limited number of top-tier Universities for credit recognition. Her presentation can be found here: https://cloud.swivl.com/v/394d80f17ac3dbbd9a4d20e54465583e (unfortunately, the sound recording was bad). Her presentation gave food for thought for Intellectual Output 1 in which experiments will be set up to recognize MOOC credit in a higher education context.
The project members agreed that an initial report will be developed in which the current state-of-affairs regarding online remote examination in higher education will be described as a base for the further activity plan within the project.
The discussions and information gathered during the first transnational meeting will be used to further detail the working plan for the project. We already want to inform you that we will select a number of the associate partners to be involved in the quality assurance process of the experiments and outputs that the project will deliver.
The Erasmus+ (E+) project Online Proctoring for Remote Examination (OP4RE) was approved by the Dutch E+ Agency during the summer break. The selection committee of E+ was impressed by the number of Associate Partners for the project, which emphasized the importance of the project. Therefore, we would like to thank the Associate Partners for their support.
As a very first step, the team put up a website to post the public preliminary information regarding the project, the activities and the intended outcomes: https://onlineproctoring.eu. We invite you to visit the website and leave any comments.
The Project Management Group (PMG) of OP4RE is now working on detailing their plans. As an important step, the PGM will gather for their first transnational Kick-off meeting on October 25 and 26 in Amsterdam, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. If you have any input for the PGM to discuss, please let us know.
Following that meeting, we will inform you further about the project and will involve you to ensure that the project delivers it’s intended outputs and ensures wide dissemination of the project’s results.