Knowledge Base

Webcam Proctoring for Online Exams

Overview

Online exams in select business courses will be given in Drexel Blackboard LEARN and will require students to use two technologies to help ensure that no student has an unfair advantage.

  1. Students will use special software that limits or monitors access to websites, other software applications, and study materials during the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to know what additional resources (if any) are permitted during the exam and to stay within those guidelines. Exams should also be taken in a quiet environment that is free from distractions, noise, and interruptions. Exams should be taken only when a strong, reliable, and encrypted Internet connection is available (i.e. not an unencrypted public hotspot).
  2. Students are required to use a computer equipped with a webcam that will monitor and/or record them as they take the exam. This video can be reviewed later by the instructor to ensure integrity of the test. Violations of the testing restrictions or policy can affect the student’s exam score.

Students who need accommodation for a disability which may impact the use of the above technologies should contact Drexel’s Office of Disability Resources.

The actual proctoring system may change from term to term or course to course. Students should refer to the course syllabus for specific information and directions on the proctoring system being used in each course.

Drexel is committed to respecting student privacy. These systems only have access to the camera and computer screen while the test is being taken, and video recordings are kept for a limited time. While not necessary, students can uninstall the software in between exam sessions if desired.