In today’s world, with an ongoing global pandemic and everything being digitized, educational institutions have implemented online proctoring in order to assess their students. This dynamic change in assessments has caused anxiety in many students and, subsequently, stress during online proctoring. Below are insights on how to make online proctored exams stress-free for students.
Making Online Proctored Exams Stress-Free for Students
The number of online proctoring services has doubled since 2012 and will only increase in the coming years. Stress during online proctoring can affect students’ academic performance and lead to reduced future career opportunities, both academically and professionally. Factors such as constant monitoring of students' live actions via webcam, the fear of being hacked and other privacy breaches, mistrust of AI operating in the background of the proctoring platform, and poor communication due to technical issues all contribute significantly to student anxiety. Statistics show that 38.5% of students suffer from test anxiety during online proctoring over the course of their higher education.
The good news is that certain practices can reduce students’ stress. By incorporating these practices into its advanced features, uLearn, a newly launched platform, aims to create a comfortable, friendly, confidence-boosting exam environment for students. Let’s have a look at some of the practices.
● Clear and concise communication of all instructions
Delivery of clear and easy-to-understand instructions well in advance helps students to remain confident while taking tests. uLearn provides thorough, straightforward communication to students, with detailed instructions at every step of the process.
● System-compatibility tests to avoid technical glitches
Online proctoring systems must be compatible with most devices, and all the technical requirements should be conveyed to students in order to minimize technical errors. uLearn provides students with an upfront system-compatibility check so they're fully aware of the system requirements well before they attempt the exam. uLearn is integrated with Canvas platform, meaning students can undergo online proctoring with uLearn while using Canvas LMS.
● Personal privacy
Tools like uLearn use browser-based tests, so everything works through the web. There's no need to download and install any software, which keeps malicious activities and privacy breaches at bay. It's good practice to make students aware that it's necessary to record their activities and/or screen during online proctoring in order to prevent cheating, and that this is the only purpose for said recording.
● Provision of appealing for wrongly caught suspicious activity
Monitoring students’ activities during online proctoring is necessary to ensure students aren't engaging in suspicious activities. At times, AI in online proctoring tools may incorrectly flag student activity. That's why uLearn provides students with the ability to appeal during ongoing exams, immediately informing proctors of incorrect flagging.
● Continuous, uninterrupted contact between students and proctors
It's important that students be able to communicate with proctors at any time during their exam. uLearn facilitates this through a dedicated chatbox.
● Provision of practice tests for students
Online proctoring tools must provide students with practice tests to familiarize them with the online proctoring system. These mock tests build confidence in students regarding the general practice of online proctoring, helping them overcome fears and prepare for success.
These practices will help you create a stress-free environment where proctors and students can come together to conduct exams smoothly and confidently.
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