University of Amsterdam (UvA) case study

 The University of Amsterdam makes online courses more accessible thanks to ProctorExam.

In 2012, when Guusje Smit (programme coordinator of three Master programmes at the UvA Informatics Institute and project manager of the SURFnet ‘Remote invigilation’ project) first heard about online proctoring, she immediately realized its potential for education. Online proctoring was first integrated in one of their pre-master programmes, which was offered online. They wanted to offer the course to international students, without having them need to fly to Amsterdam for the exam. This was initially achieved by simply having the student and the teacher connect through Skype, but it took a lot of time away from the teachers, who had to watch individual students take their exam through their webcam. This is why Guusje started looking for a company that would help them make online exams accessible to all students, so they contacted ProctorExam.

Everything was done remotely, except for the exam.

Starting on July 1st 2015, over the course of one year, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) carried out a series of pilots and experiments in order to explore the possibilities of digital assessment, using ProctorExam as their primary online proctoring service. They used online proctoring both in the classroom, where students were able to take digital exams on their own laptop as opposed to a dedicated digital assessment room, and at home, for students that could not travel to the university. In the classroom, the big advantage was that the supervisor did not have to go around the class and monitor all the screens (check if they were properly connected, etc), since he could do it from his desk, thanks to ProctorExam (vigilate page). You can find a summary of their findings here and you can find more details on the specific experiments here.