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National Academic Integrity Network The remote proctored exams dilemma

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This event is taking place as part of National Academic Integrity Network series of webinars to develop awareness of, and stimulate discussi

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Join us on Thursday 20 May for the next National Academic Integrity Network webinar when we will be joined by Professor Philip Dawson of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University in Australia.

Professor Dawson will speak about the issues and challenges raised by remote proctored exams and digital assessment.

Remote proctored exams are a type of digital assessment where students are monitored, usually by their webcam and microphone, as they complete a test. Remote proctoring has proliferated during the pandemic as it lets students sit high-stakes examinations in their own homes. Compared to unproctored online exams, students sitting remote proctored exams tend to get poorer grades, which proponents of proctoring often regard as evidence that proctoring reduces cheating. However, critics argue that proctoring is a form of surveillance, and it creates an adversarial, untrusting assessment environment.

Using concepts from assessment security, academic integrity and surveillance studies, this presentation puts remote proctoring under scrutiny and examines the evidence for and against. It offers suggestions for those who are using proctoring on how to minimize its potential harms and maximise its potential benefits. Finally, it sets out challenges for both advocates and critics of remote proctored exams on the sorts of evidence we need to make an informed decision about the use of proctoring.

Register to attend this event here.  

This event is taking place as part of National Academic Integrity Network series of webinars to develop awareness of, and stimulate discussions on, issues in the field of academic integrity. 

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