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Online Exam Proctoring: Viewpoints of Military High Schools

Cheryl Martinez, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The study focused on an exploration of the opinions of military high school leaders on online exam proctoring. Eleven military high school staff members were interviewed. The schools were members of AMSCUS (Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States). For the study, two primary questions guided the research. The questions were related to the need for online proctoring in military high schools: (1) Is there a need to proctor exams in an online course or exam setting? (2) Do military schools have a need to use an online proctoring service for admission tests or other exams? Five themes emerged from the interviews: (1) Online course validity (2) Need for outside proctor (3) Technology concerns (4) Future need (5) Willingness to adapt The literature review revealed areas of concern related to administration of online testing. The most common solution suggested in the literature was to have exams proctored. Within this solution, other issues were identified. These issues were the focus of the review. The most frequently suggested solution to the issues was to use an online proctoring service. Leaders from military high schools were interviewed to identify their opinions on the need for proctors in coursework with online presentation. Questions were asked to gather their views on the use of a proctor. They were also asked their opinions about the need for an online proctoring service. The participants indicated a need for a proctor when administering online exams. However, opinions varied as to the need for an outside proctor or an online proctoring service. Interview participants may be biased in their opinions based on the fact that they are employed by military schools that operate based on honor codes. The schools have a need for outside proctors; but, they may not be at the point that they are prepared to implement the use of outside proctors. Recommendations based on this study include studies of other educational institutions that use online course delivery and online testing for admission purposes. Instructors of online courses may need to examine the issue of potential cheating in online assignments.

Subject Area

Educational tests & measurements|Educational leadership

Recommended Citation

Martinez, Cheryl, "Online Exam Proctoring: Viewpoints of Military High Schools" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI13808327.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI13808327

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