Comparisons Of Proctored Versus Non-Proctored Testing Strategies In Graduate Distance Education Curriculum

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Diane J. Prince
Richard A. Fulton
Thomas W. Garsombke

Keywords

Testing, Proctored Tests, Distance Education, Online Education, Curriculum, Internet, Pedagogical Strategies

Abstract

The authors studied the testing pattern grades in four e-campus courses at Troy University with 76 graduate students. In their research, the authors found significant differences in average test grade scores between tests taken electronically without a proctor as compared to those administered using a live or a remote proctor overall. To control for differences among courses, a statistical test was solely conducted on the courses which had the same instructor, same text, and similar tests with comparable results; students scored significantly lower on proctored exams versus non-proctored exams. To enhance the quality of courses in the online environment, the researchers recommend several “best practices” pedagogical strategies based on their findings and an extensive literature review.

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