Ensuring Academic Integrity in Remotely Proctored Exam Environment

Concurrent Session 6

Brief Abstract

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado conducted a study on the benefits of remote proctoring. In this session, we will highlight the benefits with specific examples from this research.


Mike Olsen is the Founder & CEO of Proctorio, an online proctoring company that uses machine learning and facial recognition technologies to validate student activity and identities in computer-based learning environments. Dubbed an “Artful Hacker” by PC Magazine and named one of Arizona’s "35 Entrepreneurs Under 35” by the Arizona Republic, Mike is a leader in creating educational technology that protects student privacy while increasing the value of online degrees. As Lead Research Software Engineer for ASU Online, Mike helped develop one of the world’s premiere online educational systems. Having graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Aeronautics and Software Engineering, Mike has a reputation for disrupting old paradigms and increasing student success in digital classrooms.

Extended Abstract

The distribution of electronic assessments is common practice within pharmacy schools, but exams are frequently issued in a classroom setting. Institutions like The Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado have experienced issues, however,  when students are excused from missing their exams. Skaggs wanted a solution that would give students more flexibility if they miss an exam and conducted a study assessing the effectiveness of using remote proctoring solutions for exams in regards to academic integrity–including student and faculty satisfaction.

In this session, we will discuss the findings from this study as it relates to all areas of education and professional development. We will utilize slides and open discussion to encourage the audience to participate in sharing their experiences with remote proctoring specifically. This Skaggs study shows that students and faculty were happy when they used remote proctoring solutions because it made education more flexible for the students. This session is designed to share the benefits of remote proctoring with specific research from Skaggs.

The likely audience for this session will be administrators who may not already understand the benefits of remote proctoring, or be skeptical about issuing remotely proctored exams. Those who attend this session will not only have an understanding of remote proctoring itself, but actually understand the benefits from real research.