On May 9th 2017 we organized our first online reach-out session. We invited our associated partners. It was a rich learning experience, both on the content as on the organizational level. The technology let us down, but we’ll take this as a working point to our next reach-out session.
We started with an explanation of the design of the OP4RE project and of the content of the Start-report. This report is the official“start” of our project. We looked into the current state of affairs regarding the online proctoring of remote examinations in participating countries. From this desk research a lot of questions have emerged, which we are currently taking on in the project. After this explanation of the OP4RE project coordinator Silvester Draaijer, Daniel Haven, from Proctor Exam, showed us their proctoring tool. Proctor Exam joins the OP4RE project.
Then we got an explanation of 3 partners about their first experiences with online proctoring. First Michiel van Diesen (Fontys, the Netherlands) shared their experience with online proctoring. Then Pierre Beust (FIED, France) highlighted the experiments of home proctor exams at the University of Caen. For the proctoring they use Proctor U. In year 1 (2015-2016): 55 students participated. Blended learning and home proctoring were proposed in addition to classical examinations. In year 2 (2016-2017) 50 students in a professional Master degree in the area of health with 2 or 3 exams participated. They were full distance learning students, spread all over the world. Home proctoring was organized instead of classical exams. From Belgium we invited VIVES. In Belgium, they were the first (and as far as we know the only) institution for higher education, which started with the proctoring of exams. VIVES has a long tradition of distance learning. About 15% of the students follow a distance learning programme (on a total of approximately 13.000 students). Students in distance programmes can take their exams in the exam center in Kortrijk or online via proctoring. For the proctoring, VIVES works with ProctorExam, one of the partners of the OP4RE project.