This content was published: April 1, 2014. Phone numbers, email addresses, and other information may have changed.
Drone proctoring now available
PCC’s Distance Education department has teamed up with the testing centers, the Department of Education, and Homeland Security to offer remote exam proctoring through a new service called “Proctorcoptor.”
The new service allows online students to take high-stakes exams remotely using a state of the art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), more commonly known a “drone.” These drones are able to maintain a secure exam location and ensure that all tests are free from tampering, unapproved assistance, or professional test takers.
How to use the new service
Using the new service is simple:
- Select a testing location that is free of overhead obstacles, including:
- power lines
- ceiling fans
- forest canopy/vines
- Let Proctorcoptor review your computer
- Enter the exam password provided by the Proctorcoptor
- Hold very still if the Proctorcopter tries to land on you to collect DNA for proof of identity
- Complete the exam, ignoring the droning noise the rotors make
Proctorcopter is able to compare images taken during proctoring sessions and cross-reference the images with Criagslist ads for professional test-taking services. We’re confident that this new technology will support the diverse learning needs of our students and faculty, though these early models are modular and can be retrofit as new proctoring technology becomes “civilianized.”
And coming soon: Support for group exams and pop quizzes!
Is this real?
And while this is an April Fool’s joke, it isn’t that far fetched. On slightly more serious note, we will be examining proctoring guidelines over the coming year to try and improve consistency around the proctoring process. Stay tuned for more details.