In 2020, The Office of the Provost and VCU Technology Services worked cooperatively to identify a proctoring solution that could augment the current proctoring solution’s capacity in order to meet the university’s virtual education requirements; and to review alternatives that would better serve the needs of the university community.
A remote proctoring solution committee was formed, which included five faculty members, and a representative from Academic Technologies, VCU Online, and the Campus Learning Center. The committee observed product demonstrations and reviewed information from select vendors about cost, functionality, technology requirements, privacy, accessibility, violation monitoring, reporting, and product support.
After full consideration from all perspectives, the committee suggested that any new product be run on a trial basis in conjunction with the current product before a final decision is made. Running two products simultaneously allows faculty the opportunity to try the new product as it would be used, while also having a back-up option if the new product does not meet their needs. As a result of the committee’s recommendations, a proposal was submitted for Examity and approved by both IT Governance and Procurement.
A faculty review questionnaire will be provided to assist faculty in sharing feedback during the Spring 2021 trial period (February 1 – May 21). This questionnaire will be available on the Examity site beginning February 1.
If the feedback from the faculty questionnaire is positive, and the solution is proven to be technologically sound and secure, the university will proceed with the purchase of Examity. As with other technology teaching services, the use of Examity or proctoring is optional and at the discretion of the faculty member and/or their program, School/College.
If the feedback is not positive, use of our existing solution (Respondus) will continue and licensing renewal will proceed. In addition, the procuring process will begin, for the purchase of a new proctoring solution.
Please join the vendor for a demo & training of this tool Tuesday, February 2 from 1-2pm – https://zoom.us/j/91070310729
Direct any questions to the IT Support Center at https://ts.vcu.edu/it-support-center/.