Phoenix, AZ, December 23, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2009 according to a recent Sloan-C study. With online education on the rise in higher education come new challenges in academic integrity as more students may test remotely outside of traditionally proctored test halls.
Cheating is prevalent in online courses. A recent study on The Impact of an Honor Code on Cheating in Online Courses found that 72.5 percent of students surveyed reported cheating on at least one quiz.
“Because the quizzes were not proctored, students had numerous opportunities to cheat,” says the survey conducted by Ohio University’s Frank M. LoShiavo. “Cheating rates depend on the number of opportunities students have to cheat.”
Cheating in higher education begins in high school. Between 75 and 98 percent of college students surveyed each year report having cheated in high school according to an Ad Council campaign for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
In contrast to these statistics only 35 percent of US college officials believe that cheating is a problem compared to the 41 percent of the public surveyed.
“Proctored exams can improve these statistics,” says CEO of the testing firm Kryterion, Inc. William Dorman. “Our company provides customizable solutions for some of the leading distance learning facilities in the country.”
Kryterion solutions are customizable to meet an institution’s needs and may include:
- Certified Professional Proctors™
- Biometric authentication
- Video documentation of test session
- Real-time or review monitoring
- Test item encryption
“We feel our proctoring solutions can be beneficial to maintain academic integrity in 21st century higher education,” says Dorman. “We’re excited about the future.”
About Kryterion, Inc.
Kryterion is a full-service test development and delivery company that serves the education, association, and technology markets with world-class secure testing solutions. Kryterion provides a full range of online proctoring (OLP) solutions to distance education to cater to a range of security and cost requirements.
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