Postsecondary institutions weigh in on exam surveillance tools

As universities across the country report growing rates of academic misconduct, some are turning to proctoring software to monitor and prevent cheating during final exams. However, a recent CTV News article highlights the concerns of several university students and staff who claim that increased surveillance can cause undue stress during tests and that the technology used to monitor students can be unreliable. “Sometimes the tendency is to rely on these tools because they’re there,” said University of Windsor Associate Professor of Online Pedagogy Bonnie Stewart. “I think that’s a mistake.” Others pointed out that while surveillance software for online exams is not perfect, it can flag potential cases of cheating for further investigation.

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