The beginning: experiments at EUC
When it became clear that 22 exams couldn’t be held in a lecture room, Gera Noordzij and her colleagues at EUC went to great lengths to find a solution. They came up with the idea of using an application called Proctor
Gera Noordzij of EUC: ‘You can check in real time whether the student is cheating’
This week, 22 examinations are supposed to be taking place at Erasmus University College…
All students were recorded for the duration of the exam and the recordings were subsequently scanned for any unacceptable conduct. EUC is now checking whether this is actually allowed under privacy legislation.
EUC’s 22 online exams went ‘without a hitch’, but did raise some questions about privacy
All students were recorded for the duration of the exam and the recordings were…
In this article, several stakeholders and students are discussed about the privacy sensitivity that plays a role in proctoring.
Filmed online exams: ‘The footage will be kept for six weeks’
In proctoring exams, students are filmed at home while doing exams. How does it work and…
Other faculties are interested
Big brother exams or more workload for lecturers? Balancing act for faculties
The faculties are all adapting their plans to keep the remaining examinations for this…
They should be able to refuse the use of Proctorio during online exams, the students believe, without incurring a study delay.
Students sue university over webcam-monitored exams
According to the students, they should be able to refuse the use of Proctorio during…
According to the Central Student Council, the filmed home exams were not lawful, but the Amsterdam court determines that the software is still allowed to be used.
Court sides with University of Amsterdam on use of surveillance software
According to the Central Student Council, the filmed home exams were not lawful, but the…
Fraud and technical issues
Do students commit more fraud in online exams? The number of suspected cases of academic misconduct during online exams is on the rise.
Texting during exams: new ways of cheating during the crisis
Do students commit more fraud in online exams? The number of suspected cases of academic…
According to the faculty, students have helped each other via WhatsApp during the exam on 9 June.
‘Large-scale fraud’ at International Business Administration exam
According to the faculty, students have helped each other via WhatsApp during the exam on…
In late May, second-year students in the Intermediate Accounting bachelor programme experienced technical difficulties with the Sowiso online examination system. In light of this, all students were allowed to resit the exam – if they wanted to, of course.
Problems with online Economics and Business Economics exam
In late May, second-year students in the Intermediate Accounting bachelor programme…
Some students have been told by the Examinations Board to quit their degree programme, and dozens of others have had one or several marks declared invalid.
Large group of RSM students found cheating in chat group during exams
Some students have been told by the Examinations Board to quit their degree programme,…
Proctoring is intended to prevent fraud during remote exams. But this TikTok clip appears to show how easily the surveillance technology can be bypassed.
This TikTokker shows you how to elude proctoring during an exam
Proctoring is intended to prevent fraud during remote exams. But this TikTok clip appears…
Various faculties want to use an extra camera for proctored exams. The university will start talks on the matter.
EUR considers using second camera in proctored online exams
Several faculties wish to require students to use two cameras while sitting proctored…
Deans of education and students are divided on the introduction of a requirement that a two-camera set-up be used in proctored online exams. Nevertheless, all faculties will adopt the requirement.
Students will have to use phone as a second camera in proctored online exams
The Executive Board has decided that all faculties must require the use of two cameras in…
Nearly one hundred exams of law students have been deemed invalid after technical issues with proctoring software.
ESL examination board revokes diplomas after problem with proctoring software
The exam results for nearly 100 ESL law students have been invalidated after technical…
Students at Erasmus School of Law talk about their proctoring problems and their revoked examinations and diplomas. “We’re the victims of the university’s decision to use this proctoring program.”
Students really annoyed by the revoked diplomas and exams: ‘I think it’s unreasonable’
Students at Erasmus School of Law talk about their proctoring problems and their revoked…
Legal theory says that degree certificates can only be revoked if it is obvious that the student committed academic fraud. And in this case, it is not clear whether any fraud was committed.
Education lawyer: ‘Court of appeals will not uphold revocation of degree certificates after proctoring issues’
Education lawyer Paul Zoontjens: “Legal theory says that degree certificates can only…
The Examination Board of the Erasmus School of Law has eventually approved 102 exams that had previously been declared invalid.
More than one hundred proctored exams at ESL have been declared valid after all
The Examination Board of the Erasmus School of Law has in the end approved 102 exams that…
Students have their doubts
Studenten share their experiences with proctored exams.
Students on proctoring: ‘You are not allowed to go to the toilet and that is really impossible during a three-hour exam’
Students share their experiences with proctoring.
Students explain why they prefer to take their exams on campus.
Hundreds of students sit exams on campus: ‘I don’t feel like dealing with proctoring’
Students explain why they prefer to take their exams on campus.
In the next two weeks, the university will administer 19 in-person exams, so as to prevent students from falling behind in their studies.
Why four hundred students will sit in-person exams together during the present lockdown, despite everything
In the next two weeks, the university will administer 19 in-person exams, so as to…
Privacy and security
Journalists in Grongingen could secretly watch students’ rooms during an exam. The phone imagery was meant for online proctors, but the journalists didn’t need to identify themselves, nor did they need a password or access code.
Journalists secretly observe students through online proctoring
At Hanze University Groningen, journalists were able to see into the living room of…
PvdD-members of parliament have requested answers about the use of a second camera during proctored exams at EUR, and want universities to reprimanded for use of surveillance software.
Parliamentary questions about phone as second camera during proctoring
Members of the Party for the Animals [PvdD] have tabled parliamentary questions about the…
Proctoring causes unnecessary stress amongst students and is too big an infringement on their privacy, according to the National Student Union. Therefore, they demand this form of surveillance to be stopped.
LSVb wants online exam proctoring to end
National student organisation LSVb reports that many universities and universities of…
Minister of Education Ingrid van Engelshoven responds to parliamentary questions by the PvdD, and asserts that universities are entirely free to use proctoring software as they desire.
Minister: online proctoring with second camera is allowed
The Party for the Animals had raised questions in the Lower House following EM reports.…
Discussions at Erasmus University
In an open letter, the twelve student members of the University Council call on the Executive Board to abandon the usage of a second camera in proctoring.
A way forward on proctored exams without a second camera
Recently, our university decided to implement the use of a second camera for all…
Both the University Council and 786 individual EUR students have raised serious concerns about the university’s plan to use a two-camera set-up in online proctored exams. Especially privacy is a big concern.
Hundreds of EUR students protest two-camera set-up in online exams
Both the University Council and 786 individual EUR students have raised serious concerns…
Four students share their experiences with proctored exams: from bad connection to a french-speaking helpdesk.
‘You’re guilty until proven innocent.’ Online proctored exams cause students anger and frustration
Students are being watched from multiple angles, are declared guilty until proven…
ESHPM student Anne-Marie Andreasen forgot to do a room scan at an open book exam and got an official warning for this. “The presumption of innocence does not seem to prevail for the Examination Board.”
‘Proctoring fails to take the wellbeing of students into account’
Failing screen sharing, required steps that are easily skipped. A mistake is easily made…
All parties involved would like less invasive online examination methods, but for now, the Executive Board does not believe it is possible to use less online proctoring in remote exams.
Board wants fewer proctored exams, but ‘we do have to safeguard the quality of our exams’
Alle partijen willen minder inbreuk op de privacy tijdens het afnemen van tentamens, maar…
Lecturer Noa den Hertog and professor Albert Wagelmans of the Erasmus School of Economics tell how they experience proctoring as teachers.
‘Proctoring should only go wrong once every thousand exams. In our case, it was the very first one.’
In the controversy surrounding online proctored exams, lecturers are caught in the…
Jasper Eshuis, associate professor of Public Administration, thinks that the university is having the wrong discussion. “Most of the time, the discussion is about details – technical issues, should or shouldn’t we be using a two-camera set-up – even though the real issue at hand is students engaging in organised cheating when sitting exams.” A culture change is needed.
‘The proctoring discussion is not about technical issues. It’s about organised cheating’
Lecturers are caught in the middle in the debate on proctored online exams. Students are…
Student members of EUR’s highest participation council are considering legal action against the university’s use of two cameras for remote proctoring. Other members of the council – many of them staff members – vehemently oppose bringing this matter before the court.
Conflict over proctoring court case divides University Council
Student members of EUR’s highest participation council are considering legal action…
A conversation between EUR Rector Frank van der Duijn Schouten and a student representative on the University Council, Bram Heesen, has resulted in a possible solution to the online proctoring crisis that has sown discord in the University Council. But this does not necessarily mean that students will refrain from instituting legal proceedings.
New committee to resolve EUR’s proctoring crisis
A newly-to-be-established committee will be asked to evaluate online proctoring in the…