Remote attendance: securing online exams

Thursday, 28 January, 2021

Remote attendance: securing online exams

Online assessment platform Questionmark says that embracing innovation has helped many institutions around the world weather the storm of COVID-19 by ensuring that exams could still take place.

The company says use of its enterprise-grade assessment platform, for delivery of secure online tests, rose by almost one-third (31%) in 2020. Its proctoring services, which guard against cheating, rose by 115%.

While social distancing requirements around the globe made exams in halls or test centres impossible, education institutions quickly moved to bring exams online, according to the company.

Questionmark CEO Lars Pedersen said that quick action has saved many institutions from falling behind.

“Learning institutions must be able to measure the progress of their students. The stakes are high in education. Results are critical to a student’s future, and employers must be able to rely on the results to know who they are hiring. That means results must be reliable and free from cheating.

“By embracing change and moving exams online quickly, institutions ensured students could get important qualifications, and they protected their businesses.

“Now they can build on their success. Moving tests and assessments online may have been an emergency measure last year. Many educators are now seeing the opportunities and new revenue streams that are opened by embracing innovative new technologies,” Pedersen said.

The company has introduced a range of new features and resources throughout 2020, including a dedicated business development manager for support of customers in ANZ.

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