Tips for Evaluating a Student Response System in Higher Education

The system, such as the YuJa Engage Student Response System, allows instructors to pose questions to students through surveys and polls. Students respond in real-time using various devices, such as a smartphone or laptop.

When it’s time to evaluate student response systems for your institution, some key considerations include: 

Does it work within your existing technologies?: It’s critical to ensure the SRS integrates with your institution’s existing learning management system (LMS) and other educational platforms, such as single sign-on, the gradebook, and presentation software. This compatibility will help create a smooth experience and provide efficient data management.

An SRS dashboard should provide robust analytics and reporting features to track student performance and engagement.

What question types are available?: Look for a system that offers a variety of response options, such as multiple-choice, true-or-false, short answer, matching and clickable image. This flexibility allows instructors to tailor questions to different learning objectives through classroom gamification.

How does the dashboard inform decision-making?: An SRS dashboard should provide robust analytics and reporting features to track student performance and engagement. Look for systems that provide insightful data on individual and class-wide progress.

Does it have other helpful tools?: Does the SRS provide additional features and tools, such as mobile apps for on-the-go engagement, attendance tracking, and gradebook integration? 

Does the platform have a user-friendly interface?: A student response system should have an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for both instructors and students, which promotes adoption and minimizes the learning curve.A group of students engaged in their laptops

Is it cost effective?: Consider the overall cost of implementing and maintaining the SRS. Evaluate licensing models, subscription fees, and any additional costs associated with features or support.

Does it offer support and training needed to make the tool a success?: Look for a system that offers instructors and students comprehensive technical support and training resources. Adequate support ensures a smooth implementation and resolves any issues promptly.

Choosing the right SRS not only enhances student engagement but also contributes to a streamlined and effective learning experience, ultimately fostering a positive impact on both instructors and students.

January YuJa Ed-Tech Platform Updates to Know About

See key highlights below and check out the full release details at updates.yuja.com.

YuJa Enterprise Video Platform Mobile App – Archer Release

Update Highlights
    • A Brand-New Mobile App for iOS and Android: The Mobile App has been redesigned from the ground up to be faster, more modern, and compatible with new devices. Available for iOS and Android, our new Mobile App features a modern UI and performance enhancements to greatly improve the user experience.
    • Access Your My Media Library On the Go:  The “My Media” tab that allows users to view all content in their collection and upload new media no matter where they are or what device they use.
    • New Video Player Features Added Functionality and a Fresh UI: Our new Video Player includes added functionality to take full advantage of the features already available to users in the HTML5-based web app. This includes viewing multi-stream videos, toggling captions, and subtitles, moving 10 seconds forward or backward, and more. 
    • A New Way to View Course Channels: A new Channel view will show users all videos within a Channel for easy access all content published to their courses.

  • My Media Now Supports Robust Global Search: A new global search functionality on the My Media page enables users to search and access all of their media content.
  • A New In-App Support Page Has Been Introduced: An in-app support page has been implemented to address any questions or concerns users have regarding our products and services. YuJa Help will allow users to call our toll-free support line, email, and access product documentation, all in one place.
  • Users Can Now Open Links and Access Various Document Types: In addition to accessing and watching videos, users can open hyperlinks and access PDFs, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and more in the Video Platform.

YuJa Verity Test Proctoring Platform – Quartz Release 

Key Updates
    • Verity Live: Integrated Text Chat for Automated Browser Extension and Lockdown App Proctoring:  For live proctoring sessions, proctors and students can communicate with each other through our built-in chat feature.
    • Verity Live: Audio Chat for Automated and Lockdown App Proctoring: Proctors and students can communicate with each other during a live assessment by establishing a two-way audio connection.
    • New Accessible Design for Verity’s Proctor Settings: We have redesigned the Verity proctor settings to better suit smaller screens. By designing smaller UI elements and reorganizing each proctor setting, instructors can easily view and navigate to their desired settings on any screen size.

  • Enhanced System Check to Enforce Screen Recording: To increase security measures, the Verity System Check will now require students to share their entire screen instead of having the option to share a tab or window for recording.
  • Review a List of Websites Visited by Students:  Instructors can enable Record Web Traffic to track and review specific websites visited by each student during an assessment.
  • Flagged Event for Server Disconnections: In cases where a student’s device may become disconnected from Verity’s servers, such as losing internet connection, Verity will flag the issue for instructors to review.

YuJa Enterprise Video Platform Update – Banyan Release

Release Highlights
    • New Generative AI Capability – Add AI-Generated Multi-Lingual Dubbing to Create Language Tracks: Content Creators can use AI credits to auto-generate audio language tracks for their videos.
    • New Fleet Management Capability – Update Software Capture Versions Remotely: Adding to our fleet management capabilities, Administrators can click a button on the Admin Panel’s Devices tab to remotely deploy the latest Software Capture version to a classroom computer (requires upcoming Software Capture Version 14.1)
    • My Media Now Shows Real-Time Recording Status Updates for Active Software Captures: To accurately reflect the status of a Software Capture session in real-time, we have introduced new placeholder states, such as Recording, Paused, and Uploading to Cloud. We have a few more states to add in an upcoming release, such as Upload Failed and Upload Stalled when the classroom or user’s computer is switched off. 

  • Rewind a Live Stream with a Refreshed Live-Stream Media Player with Integrated DVR-Style Rewind Controls: We are introducing a refreshed Live Stream Media Player interface with new capabilities to rewind live streams and then jump to live at the click of a button. We also refreshed the iconography, scrubber bar, and player controls, with more to come in upcoming releases.
  • Establish Custom Transcoding Profiles to Encode a Video with a Specific Resolution and Bitrate:  Administrators can create a customized Transcoding Profile that Content Creators can subsequently apply to their videos.
  • New Digital Asset Management Capabilities with Auto-Generated Thumbnails for a Variety of File Types: We now support auto-generating preview thumbnails for various new file types, such as TIFF, NEF, RAW, EPS, SVG, PDF, and PSD.

YuJa Himalayas Data Archiving Platform Update – Banyan Release

Release Highlights
  • Cold-Archived Content Now Appears in Visual Search Results: The Video Platform’s search bar will now show results for Active and Himalayas Cold Archived content. This enables institutions to seamlessly find content across storage tiers with a single search.
  • Minor UI and Accessibility Improvements to the Dashboard: We have made minor adjustments to center the elements and text within the dashboard and enhanced the dashboard’s responsiveness by providing graphs that adapt to various screen sizes.
  • Optimized Delete Transcode Policy: The Delete Transcode policy has been updated to not remove transcodes for videos viewed within the last 30 days or have not been on the Video Platform for more than 30 days.

YuJa Panorama Digital Accessibility Platform – Mana Peak

Release Highlights
    • New PDF Remediation MAX Engine: A Premium Engine Available to Customers with Deeper PDF Remediation Workflows: A new PDF Remediation MAX Engine powers a new class of PDF remediation that enables users to address more complex PDF-related accessibility issues directly within the LMS, including contrast, font size adjustments, provision of alternative text for images, and more.
    • New AutoPilot Tool: AI-Powered Tool to Propose Accessibility Fixes: We’ve launched an industry-first feature, AutoPilot, an AI-powered tool that automatically proposes document accessibility fixes for PDF, DOCX, PPTX, and HTML files. With just one click, AutoPilot users can send proposed fixes to the Remediation Engine, which will automatically remediate the document. In the future, AutoPilot will propose fixes for other issue types, as well as broaden the scope to Course and the full LMS. AutoPilot will currently propose fixes for the following issue types: font size, color contrast, missing alternative text.
    • Enhanced Support for OCR Conversions: OCR Text and OCR Immersive Reader: We;ve expanded our OCR conversion engine to provide two new capabilities for generating distinct documents based on the OCR’d content.
      • OCR Text: Generate a brand new text file.
      • OCR Immersive Reader: Use the immersive reader for OCR’d content.
    • No LMS Required for SAML-SSO Authentication Support for the Panorama Platform: Administrators, instructors, and students can access their respective reports and accessibility settings by signing in to the Panorama Platform directly with their SAML-SSO integration.

  • Add Users Outside of the LMS to the Panorama Platform: Administrators can add users not registered for their LMS into the Panorama Platform to manage Panorama reports and settings based on their assigned roles.
  • New Accessibility Design Tool Elements: We have expanded our Accessibility Design Tool to incorporate two new elements when creating HTML content, including a progress bar for long-form content for viewers to keep track of their progress, and an expander, for placing expandable cards to display additional content.

YuJa + Verbit: Enhancing Video Accessibility at Scale

YuJa enables higher education institutions to upload, create, and share content seamlessly with users. YuJa’s suite of ed-tech products is used by more than 600 enterprise customers, including prestigious institutions like Princeton University and Stanford University.

Verbit, which combines artificial intelligence and human input, is a key player providing high-quality auto-captioning solutions that meet accessibility standards at a lower price point, a key consideration when every dollar counts, such as for state universities and land-grant institutions.

“No longer can you deploy video at scale and not think about the accessibility of that video. With today’s legislation, accessibility is not a ‘nice-to-have,’ it’s a ‘have-to-have,’” Nathan Arora, Chief Business Officer said in a recent video highlighting YuJa and Verbit’s partnership. “Our customers expect our products to be delivered in a predictable, reliable instruction manner and so we look to partners like Verbit to provide that high-quality auto-captioning.”

The collaboration between YuJa and Verbit demonstrates the power of technology in ensuring video accessibility at scale. “Our product benefits from the very positive work that Verbit does,” Arora concluded.

About Verbit

Verbit serves as an essential accessibility partner to 3,000+ businesses and institutions. Verbit’s voice AI and human solutions help customers to offer engaging and equitable experiences. Verbit not only supports them in meeting accessibility guidelines, but in making verbal information searchable and actionable. Since its founding in 2017, Verbit has grown into a unicorn company with a $2B valuation and a global presence. Verbit employs the largest professional captioner workforce in the world and has emerged as the leader in the $30B transcription industry.

Overcoming Barriers in Higher Education Online Exam Proctoring

A recent white paper outlined that a majority of students – 82% of those surveyed – prefer some of their courses take place online. As institutions continue to adjust to hosting fully remote courses and programs, they must carefully consider the experience students have, including exam proctoring

In this blog, we explore common barriers students face in taking higher education online exams and innovative solutions and technology tools institutions can use to address these challenges.

Security in Test Proctoring is a Top Priority

Maintaining the security and integrity of online exams is a critical concern. Institutions must ensure that students are not cheating. Solutions to enhance exam security include:

Proctoring Technologies: Implement advanced online proctoring tools that use AI to monitor student behavior during exams.A security graphic over hands on a laptop

Identification Verification: Implement robust identity verification practices. Some proctoring solutions, like YuJa Verity, offer a simple verification process that doesn’t require extra tools yet gives institutions peace of mind when it comes to academic integrity.

Consider a Lock Down Feature: With a Lock Down feature, instructors can help prevent cheating during proctored tests by disabling new tabs and the clipboard, closing open tabs, and offering a list of links students are allowed to access during a test. The options are customizable for each proctored exam. 

Provide Time Management and Flexibility for Students

Many students face challenges managing their time effectively during online exams. To address this, institutions can consider:

While online education offers unprecedented opportunities for accessibility and flexibility, addressing barriers to online exams is crucial for ensuring a fair and effective assessment process.

Extended Time Options: Provide flexible time frames for exams to accommodate students with different time-management needs.

Schedule Breaks: Allow short breaks during longer exams to reduce fatigue and enhance concentration.

24/7 Accessibility: Enable students to take exams at times that align with their peak performance hours.

Technological Barriers Must Be Addressed Promptly

Online exams often require a stable internet connection, access to specific software, and compatibility with various devices. Technological barriers can impede students who lack reliable internet access or possess outdated devices. 

To address this, institutions can:

Offer Technical Support: Offer a dedicated support team to assist students with technical issues before and during exams.

Provide Flexible Exam Formats: Allow for different exam formats to accommodate students with varying technological capabilities.

Implement Digital Literacy Programs: Introduce digital literacy courses to equip students with the necessary skills for online assessments.

While online education offers unprecedented opportunities for accessibility and flexibility, addressing barriers to online exams is crucial for ensuring a fair and effective assessment process. By planning for and working through common barriers, institutions can create an online learning environment that fosters success for all students.

Celebrating Braille Literacy Month

January is Braille Literacy Month. In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly established January 4 as World Braille Day. Both are aimed at raising awareness of the importance of Braille, though the month also commemorates the legacy of Louis Braille. 

What is Braille? 

The UN describes Braille as “a tactile representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols using six dots to represent each letter and number, and even musical, mathematical and scientific symbols. Braille (named after its inventor in 19th century France, Louis Braille) is used by blind and partially sighted people to read the same books and periodicals as those printed in a visual font.

According to the New England Consortium on Deafblindness, Braille is used in nearly every country in the world, and there is a braille code for almost every language. Braille has transformed the lives of millions in the context of education, freedom of expression and opinion, and social inclusion. World Braille Day serves as a reminder of Braille in promoting independence, literacy, and equal opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.

About Louis Braille

Louis BrailleBorn on January 4, 1809, in Coupvray, France, Louis Braille lost his sight at the age of three after an accident that took place in his father’s harness shop. An infection caused him to lose sight in both eyes. 

He received a scholarship and, in 1819, he went to Paris to attend the National Institute for Blind Children (where he later taught). At the age of 15, Braille developed the system of touch reading and writing as it’s known today. 

Braille based his system on Charles Barbier’s “Night Writing,” which was created for soldiers to communicate safely at night. Barbier’s system was a raised 12-dot cell with each dot or combination of dots representing a letter or phonetic sound. “The problem with the military code was that the human fingertip could not feel all the dots with one touch,” BrailleWorks shared

Braille’s code was based on a six-dot system. “This crucial improvement meant that a fingertip could encompass the entire cell unit with one impression and move rapidly from one cell to the next. Over time, the world gradually accepted braille as the fundamental form of written communication for blind individuals. Today it remains basically as he invented it.”

The Impact of Braille

Braille is more than a tool for reading and writing; it is a gateway to education, employment, and social inclusion. By providing an alternative means of communication, Braille empowers individuals to navigate the world around them independently.

Promoting Literacy: One of the key contributions of Braille is its role in promoting literacy among the blind and visually impaired. Access to written information is a fundamental right, and Braille facilitates this access for visually impaired individuals. By learning to read and write in Braille, people who are blind can pursue education, access books, and engage in intellectual pursuits, enhancing their overall quality of life.

“Braille is used in nearly every country in the world, and there is a braille code for almost every language. Braille has transformed the lives of millions in the context of education, freedom of expression and opinion, and social inclusion.”

Equal Opportunities in Education and Employment: Braille Literacy Month and World Braille Day emphasizes the need for equal opportunities in education and employment for blind individuals. Integrating Braille into the curriculum and workplace helps ensure that those with visual impairments have the tools they need to succeed. Technology has also played a significant role in expanding access, with Braille displays, electronic Braille books, and assistive devices making information more readily available.

Advocacy and Awareness: Recognizing Braille Literacy Month provides an opportunity for advocacy and awareness campaigns to promote the importance of Braille. Community events, workshops, and educational programs can help dispel myths and misconceptions about blindness and foster a more inclusive society. 

By understanding the significance of Braille, we can work toward breaking down barriers and creating a world that is accessible to all.

Five Interactive Learning Trends to Look Out for This Year

Research shows that interactive learning, such as incorporating video, polls, and interactive presentations, is six times more effective in helping students learn. 

This article aims to explore five of the most popular interactive learning trends you’ll see in 2024.

1. Mobile First Learning

Smartphones have become an important part of the lives of students and educators alike. A recent study showed that 97 percent of students ages 18 to 29 have a smartphone, and 95 percent of those students bring their phone to class. 

“It is not surprising that 46 percent of students prefer completing coursework on their phone.”

It is not surprising that 46 percent of students prefer completing coursework on their phone, and 8 out of 10 students do. This access has driven the uptick in mobile-first learning, which allows teachers and students to use devices such as laptops, iPads, tablets, and smartphones to receive course content without the need for a traditional classroom. 

The mobile-first learning environment can be supported with the use of technology such as the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, YuJa Engage Student Response System, YuJa’s Mobile Apps for tablets and phones.  

The Enterprise Video Platform allows institutions to have a video content management system that allows for the storage, management, distribution, and streaming of media content, which can be accessible remotely for educational settings taking place solely online. 

The Engage Student Response System enables instructors to make the online learning experience more interactive by allowing students to collaborate and interact with the course content through Polls and Surveys, and providing immediate feedback. 

YuJa also offers a mobile app for those who strictly uses a phone or tablet for learning, which offers HTML5 players and native apps for users to watch, record, upload and download content.

2. Gamified Learning

Gamified learning, or gamification, is another popular trend on the uptick in the world of higher education. 

This approach integrates game elements into educational concepts, which increases the engagement and interaction from learners. This can be done through Polls and Surveys, which results in numerous benefits, including immediate feedback, an increase in critical thinking, and collaboration.

The YuJa Engage Student Response system is one way you can take part in this trend as it changes passive learning settings into an interactive experience by allowing instructors to gamify course content. This includes allowing instructors to create Polls with various question types such as short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, matching, true or false, and more. This platform also allows students to see clickable images for interactivity with visual materials.

3. Collaborative LearningStudents working together on a laptop

Collaboration is paramount in higher education today. Collaborative learning is similar to any collaborative session in that it has small groups of students work together to problem solve, innovate or complete a task. This in and of itself is not a new concept; however, in today’s digital age technology has given institutions the ability to do this online for students. YuJa offers LMS, third-party hardware and conferencing connectors for the video platform that allow instructors to streamline workflows and make course content more accessible to students. 

Offering a collaborative learning environment in remote settings also gives students the ability to collaborate from multiple locations outside of the classroom and traditional hours.

4. Social Learning

Social learning is an environment in which students learn by observing or interacting with their peers. This is not a new concept in higher education, but how it applies to the use of technology in education is newer. 

Educators are now tasked with creating an atmosphere that fosters connection, collaboration and engagement beyond the traditional walls of a classroom. This change in tactics can be seen through the increased use of flipped classrooms where learning takes on a more interactive role during physical classroom hours and course content is consumed prior to class. 

This approach gives students more flexibility in consuming course content, empowers them to take ownership of their learning, and deepens their relationships in the classroom because it allows them to work more closely together. YuJa can help facilitate flipped classrooms, allowing both students and instructors to focus on the course content rather than technology.

5. Microlearning

While historically used in corporate training, microlearning has made its entrance into the world of higher education. Microlearning is typically used when lessons or concepts are taught in short, concise pieces of content.  

By keeping content short, concise and chunked into smaller concepts allows for better retention. Microlearning is ideal because it offers more flexibility and control for students of what and when they learn — which can be especially beneficial for students who are attending classes online, those who are working, or who have other responsibilities that need tended to during regular school hours. 

YuJa’s ed-tech tools can assist in not only the creation of micro lessons but also increase engagement video quizzes, analytics, and more.

Looking Ahead

Trends this year all support collaborative and interactive learning environments, regardless of location or device used. While the wheel of effective teaching in 2024 may be reinvented from years ago, the goal of education has remained the same — to give students the opportunity and support needed for educational success.

 

 

YuJa’s Top 10 Most Read Blogs of 2023

Take a look back at your favorites, catch up on what you missed, and get ready for another year in higher-ed technology insights. 

1. How to Record Lecture Videos: Lecture capture solutions have enabled instructors to record course-related videos just about anywhere. In this blog, we share five steps to get you started recording your own videos.

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2. Challenging Advanced Students With Differentiated Instruction: Differentiated instruction, seen both as a teaching philosophy and instructional strategy, is one method instructors can use to support and challenge learners at all levels. In this blog, we outline ideas for challenging high achievers.

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3. YuJa Announces 2023 Scholarship Winner: 170 students submitted essays to the scholarship essay contest last year. A panel of judges selected Esther Kim, a University of Southern California student, as the winner. 

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4. How Gradient Text Makes Content More Accessible to All: Gradient readers can help people process information. Studies have shown that while using this type of technology, people read further down a page and are more likely to read to the end than when text was presented in a traditional format. In this blog, we share what gradient text is and how it can help people learn.

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5. Blended Learning vs Flipped Classroom: Each modality integrates both online and classroom learning, but they each have advantages in higher education. In this blog, we define each and share potential use cases for each.

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6. What is Scalable Video Transcoding: Transcoding is a process that happens after encoding, which dictates how raw data is compressed and formatted into a video file. This blog explains the process, advantages and benefits of scalable transcoding.

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7. Tips for Maximizing YuJa Video Quality Within Lecture Capture: Video technology is a valuable tool in improving student engagement and facilitating remote learning in higher education. In this blog, we outline ways to use your video platform to enhance student engagement.

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8. Flipped Classroom 101: A History, Benefits and Tools for the Learning Model: Flipped classrooms offer a host of benefits for students, teachers and parents alike. In this blog, we cover the history of the learning model, benefits of its use, and tools to facilitate flipping your classroom.

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9. How to Deliver and Record an Effective PowerPoint Presentation: For most organizations, PowerPoint remains the default tool used to deliver presentations. This blog (written in 2020) gives advice for delivering an effective presentation. If it were written today, we’d include a point on gamifying your presentation with interactive polls and surveys.

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10. Live Streaming in Higher Education: Colleges, universities and other enterprises have been able to implement live streaming as one of a variety of tools to aid students in their education. In this blog, we cover its history, benefits, and examples of how some institutions use it to help deliver content to students.

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Five Advantages of Lockdown Proctoring in Higher Education

While the primary purpose of a lockdown app is to maintain the integrity of the assessment by minimizing opportunities for cheating and unauthorized access to information, there are a variety of other advantages to using this type of browser in higher education testing:

Reduced Cheating Opportunities: Lockdown apps prevent users from accessing other websites, applications, or files on their device during the assessment. This significantly reduces the chances of cheating through conducting online searches, copying answers, or using unauthorized resources. Lockdown apps are integrated with remote proctoring services that use webcam and microphone monitoring to deter and detect cheating behaviors. This adds an additional layer of integrity to the assessment process.A student at a computer

Compatibility: Lockdown apps are designed to work with various learning management systems (LMS) and online testing platforms, making them adaptable to different educational environments.

Enhanced Security: Lockdown apps often have built-in security measures that help prevent various forms of cheating, such as copying and pasting, taking screenshots, and using virtual tools. Lockdown proctoring can also disable certain browser features, such as right-clicking and opening new tabs, to prevent users from exploiting these features to cheat or access unauthorized content.

Consistent Testing Environment: Lockdown apps create a standardized testing environment for all students, regardless of their device or operating system. This helps ensure fairness and consistency in the testing process. Additionally, lockdown apps are often used for browser-based assessments that require students to interact with online content, simulations, or tools, which can provide a more dynamic and engaging testing experience.

Data Collection and Analytics: Lockdown proctoring systems can collect data on student interactions during assessments, providing educators with insights into how students approach and engage with the content.

Generate Confidence in Every Testing Environment

No matter how an institution conducts tests, it’s important to offer support so students understand what to expect and how to resolve any issues that arise without leaving their quiz page, and so instructors feel confident in the assessment process.   

YuJa Kicks Off its Annual Scholarship Essay Contest For High School and Undergraduate Students

YuJa is excited to announce its annual scholarship essay contest, which invites students from all walks of life to share their unique stories and insights about their educational journey in the age of online learning.

How to Enter

Entering the contest is easy. Head over to yuja.com/scholarship to find all the details, including submission guidelines, deadlines, eligibility criteria, and the submission form. 

This year’s question is: “How has online learning impacted your educational journey?” Students are asked to reflect on their experience with online education and discuss how it has influenced their learning style, study habits, and overall academic performance.

All entries must be the original work of the student and not AI generated.

Why Participate?

  • Showcase Your Story: This contest is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your unique journey through online education. Share the challenges you’ve overcome, the lessons you’ve learned, and the triumphs you’ve experienced.
  • Contribute to the Conversation: By participating in this essay contest, you contribute to a broader conversation about the impact of online learning on students. Your perspective adds value to the ongoing dialogue about the future of education.
  • Win a Scholarship: One student will be selected to win a $1,000 scholarship to help support their educational pursuits.

Visit YuJa.com/scholarship for more information, frequently asked questions, or to read past winning essays.

How to Create a User-Friendly Online Test Proctoring Experience

Institutional leaders should consider that students have different needs, and remember that creating a flexible, yet secure and user-friendly online proctoring experience is important to students’ educational experience. To create a consistent and positive online test proctoring experience:

Choose a Reliable Proctoring Solution: Look for an online proctoring solution that offers basic and advanced features your institution needs, such as LMS integration, ID verification and secure browser options to ensure a robust and secure test environment.

“Ensure students understand technical requirements, proctoring process, how to start and end their exam, and how to get support during a test.”

Provide Clear Communication: Effective communication is key to a successful online proctoring experience. Ensure students understand technical requirements, proctoring process, how to start and end their exam, and how to get support during a test. 

Offer Flexibility in Exam Settings: Different courses require different levels of student monitoring. Look for a solution that offers Instructors the choice to record video and audio through webcams and microphones, monitor web traffic to track visited sites and URLs, limit screen usage to a single monitor, disable new tabs, close open tabs, disable the clipboard, and implement ID verification. For enhanced monitoring, look for live proctoring options. 

Ensure a Seamless Learning Management Systems Integration: Integrate the online proctoring solution with your institution’s Learning Management System to simplify the test setup process and help instructors create a cohesive experience.

Continuously Educate Faculty and Staff: Train instructors and staff on how to use test proctoring effectively. Ensure they are familiar with the features available and can troubleshoot common issues and they understand how to view and interpret results.

Data Security and Privacy Compliance: Prioritize data security and comply with privacy regulations. Ensure the proctoring platform adheres to industry standards for data protection, safeguarding student privacy throughout the proctoring process.

As higher-ed technology and online proctoring solutions continue to evolve, it’s important to refine strategies to meet the needs of remote students and instructors. Through a thoughtful and proactive approach, institutions can maintain the integrity of online assessments while fostering a positive and inclusive online learning environment.

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