Whether you’re teaching online, in-person or adopting a hybrid model this school year, having an exceptional student experience is a valuable part of a learner’s educational journey. Check out these informational tips and resources below to help your institution create educational value by hearing your students, knowing your students, and understanding your students.
Everyone learns and tests differently. Providing students with choices allows them to make a proctoring choice that is best for them along the continuum of price to convenience.
Does your institution provide multiple proctoring modalities for your students? With a solution like SmarterProctoring, your institution could offer multiple proctoring modalities to your learners such as:
- Live Online Proctoring: A human proctor observes the testing session in real-time.
- Automated Proctoring: Automated anomaly detection identifies testing irregularities.
- Hybrid Virtual Proctoring: Institutions crafting online proctoring models by utilizing their human resources to serve as the virtual proctor assisted by our AI for anomaly detection.
- Local Collegiate Testing Center Proctoring: Provided at a test center where the student is enrolled.
- Remote Collegiate Testing Center Proctoring: Provided at a test center for another institution near the student.
- Proctoring Professionals: Network of individuals that other schools may have approved (ie. human resource directions, pastors, school principals, etc.).
- Instructor as a Proctor: Instructors may proctor exams for local students at dates/times determined by the instructor.
More Resources to Help You Listen to Your Students
Florida State College at Jacksonville: Proctoring Through a Pandemic – Providing Accommodation for All
Old Dominion University: Optimizing Efficiency, Creating Security, and Accommodating All Learners
Do you know your students? Are you aware of which ones are taking your exams, logging into the LMS, and completing the work? Facial recognition is often the dominant method of authenticating students, but multiple privacy and security concerns have been raised from using this method.
One way institutions can know their students while still offering credibility, privacy, and security is through authenticating students through SmarterID’s typing biometrics. Accommodation, privacy, and credibility are obtained as schools can choose the most suitable security level.
Knowing your students through SmarterID’s Typing Biometrics reduces a student’s aggravation through the following ways:
- It calms privacy concerns. Students are no longer having to hold up a government-issued ID or turn on their webcam.
- It increases accessibility: There’s no longer a factor for performance anxiety due to a webcam always being on.
- It solves technology problems. You no longer have to have a broadband internet connection or a webcam. The only thing students need to have is a keyboard.
- It eliminates bias: No longer is webcam lighting an issue when authenticating persons of color. Students with religious headwear are also not affected. A person’s physical appearance does not impact the authentication.
More Resources to Help Get to Know Your Students
On-Demand Webinar: Authenticating Students
Blog: The Importance of Authentic Assessment
During Online Courses
In order to provide your students with a high-quality student experience, it’s important to understand how to help your students succeed. However, with everything going on throughout the school year, it can be challenging to understand your students.
This challenge can be combated by measuring the following 8 factors on each student through SmarterMeasure:
Including understanding availability of time to study, availability of a dedicated place to study, support resources from family and friends, etc.
Including understanding their level of procrastination, time management, persistence, willigness to ask for help, academic attributes, etc.
Determining whether they are visual, verbal, social, solitary, physical, aural, or logical learners.
Determining their basic computer and internet skills like formatting an email, saving a file, etc.
Understanding their familiarity with technology usage, their current understanding of certain technology, vocabulary, and their availability to. apersonal computer/high-speed Internet.
On-Screen Reading Rate and Recall
Understanding their ability to read on-screen at a steady speed while comprehending things like factual information, inferential information, and the main idea of the passage.
Typing Speed and Accuracy
Understanding their skill level when it comes to writing essays, short answers, or papers when typing.
Understanding their current knowledge/usage of an LMS software.
Measuring these attributes will better assist your institution in understanding your students and allow you to provide them with the information and resources they need to succeed after accessing their current skill levels. Doing this helps to increase the overall student experience when each student is offered a tailored success plan that is specific to their attributes and skills.
More Resources to Help You Understand Your Students
Check out these case studies to see how these institutions measured their students to further success in their learning and an excellent student experience:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Center for Programs in Allied Health: Overcoming Obstacles – Setting Learners Up for Success
University of North Georgia: Providing Targeted Support for First-Time Online Undergraduate Students
Additional Resources for Boosting Your Institution’s Student Experience:
Check out these free resources to share with your colleagues and your students.
9 Ways to Become a Successful Online Learner:
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How to Stay Focused and Study for Your Online Classes:
Studying for an online course can be distracting, causing difficulties to stay focused and study effectively. With this resource, you’ll be provided with 6 tips on how to resolve this issue.
How to Find and Create a Place to Study and Take Exams
Your students need an adequate place to study and take exams during online courses. This resource offers tips on how your students can find and create a place to study and take exams.
30+ Academic Continuity Resources
Does your institution have plans, tools, and training in place to avoid major disruptions? Download this guide with 30+ academic continuity resources to help your institution and your students prepare for future success.
Boosting Virtual Student Engagement – Learn from Award-Winning Programs
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What Students Should Expect from Their First Online Proctored Exam
Help prepare your students for their first online proctored exam by reading and sharing this blog. Learn what happens during a proctored exam, as well as 7 tips to being prepared when their online exam starts.
Work Smarter, Not Harder.
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Uses typing biometric and facial recognition to verify student identity during coursework and exams.
Learning Readiness Indicator assesses non-cognitive attributes and measures learner readiness for student success.