Testing & Online Learning: Tools & Techniques For Fostering A Culture Of Academic Integrity
It is estimated that 18,650,000 college students will be taking at least one of their classes online by the end of 2014. By 2019, it has been estimated that half of all classes will be taken online. The 21% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population. But as the number of students in online courses increases, so too does the potential for cheating.
One of the matters most often cited by critics of eLearning is the issue of testing integrity. How do you know that the person who took the online course is the same person who takes the exams and how do you know that testing integrity was ensured during the exam? For eLearning to be fully respected, we must be able to measure a students mastery of the content in a testing environment, which provides learner authentication and ensures testing integrity.
Recently a plethora of technologies and services have surfaced which provide eLearning faculty and their administrators multiple options for testing environments. A spectrum of testing solutions ranging from local testing centers, human proctors, human-monitored virtual proctors, and fully technology-monitored solutions are available. How can administrators, faculty and students know which testing environments are best for them? How can schools, faculty, students and proctors manage the multiple workflows for each testing modality?
We have assembled a panel of educators and industry experts who will provide a description of the solutions and services which they consider good practices for proctoring. Participants in this webinar will learn from educators and solutions providers about the options available to them to foster a robust testing environment for their eLearning students.
- Learn good practices in identifying, approving, training and evaluating human proctors
- Learn good practices for scheduling and proctoring exams for eLearning students in their local testing centers
- Identify good practices in providing virtual proctoring to eLearning students
- Observe how to schedule proctoring sessions efficiently
- Understand the process of providing virtual proctoring through observing a live virtual proctoring session
- Discover how to manage the workflow for multiple proctoring modalities through a Proctoring Process Management System
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Online Learning Administrators & Staff
- Instructional Designers
- Faculty who teach online or give online assessments
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Anyone interested in online teaching & learning
"Managing the proctoring process is still a messy part of eLearning. There are many proctoring modalities and tools available. Faculty and students are often under-informed and confused about their options." ~ Dr. Mac Adkins, President, SmarterServices
Dr. Mac Adkins is the founder and President of SmarterServices. Since 2002 he has lead the company as it has grown to serve over three million students and twelve thousand faculty from over five hundred educational institutions. He has been a higher education administrator for over twenty years and served as a Director/Dean of Distance Education for ten of those years. During his administrative career in higher education, he has also served as a Director of Enrollment Management, Director of Student Services, Director of Instructional Design, and Data Analyst in the Department of Institutional Research. He has taught in the online doctoral program of Capella University for eight years. The course he primarily teaches for Capella is Administration and Leadership of Distance Education Programs. He has taught a World Religion course online for Troy University for thirteen years. He also serves as a course reviewer for the International Distance Education Certification Center. For IDECC he authored, designed and delivers the Certified Distance Education Instructor program. He was instrumental in the founding of two distance learning programs at Troy University and Amridge University. Dr. Adkins received his Doctor of Education degree from Auburn University in 1998. His major for the degree was Educational Leadership with a minor in Instructional Technology. He is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and serves on the review board for the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.
Shon Duke, Columbia Southern University | A school which excels in the use of human proctors.
Joel A Whitesel, Ball State University | A school which excels in the use of virtual proctoring.
Kara Monroe, Ivy Tech Community College | A school which excels in the use of local testing centers.
Jennifer Bott, Ball State University | A school which excels in the use of virtual proctoring.
What is a live webinar?
A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
What is an on-demand webinar and how do I get access?
An on-demand training is a previously recorded webinar available online for faculty and staff to access anytime, anywhere. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time. You typically receive a link to the recording and handouts within 24 hours of registration.
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- We email participants a link to the PowerPoint (.pdf) and any additional handouts approximately 1-2 days prior to the live event. Participants can make copies for attendees if desired.
- We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
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- We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?
Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.
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How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?
1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.
- 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
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What is your cancellation policy?
Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.
- 30 days prior: Full refund
- 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
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What are the benefits of online training?
Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.
Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.
Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.
Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.
Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).
How can we use these trainings?
- Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
- Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
- On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.
Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.
Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.
New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.
Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.