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Creating a Secure Testing Environment for Distance Education Programs

May 13, 2016

 

Recently, Michelle Cruz, Sr. Graduate Program Associate, Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, discussed general best practices as well as best practices for ExamSoft use when issuing exams in a distance education environment in her webinar, “Creating a Secure Testing Environment for Distance Education Programs.”

The key takeaways from her presentation include:

  1. Administering a practice test prior to the official exam allows the chance to alleviate anxiety and address technical difficulties.

  2. ExamSoft’s category function is essential to the evaluation of student learning from a distance.

  3. Be sure to release the exam at least one week in advance to allow enough time for students to download the software successfully.

 

 

Cruz’s presentation provides insight into successful processes and troubleshooting plans put in place by the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing that have been helpful for its distance education program. She touches on common security and evaluation concerns, qualifications and options for completing proctored exams, common distance communication options, as well as tips for addressing areas of improvement for distance education students.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that our distance students receive the same educational experience as our on-campus students.”

 

 

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