The rapid growth the elearning industry has created opportunities in many segments.
Today we see a ton of learning management systems, social learning program, course retailers, online course marketplaces, mobile learning platforms, and so on.
There is quite a bit of innovation in the elearning space, especially evident in the last five years. With more and more people taking online courses for formal degrees the idea of an online course isn’t as off-putting as it once was in the past.
One area that I have seen become more popular recently is the virtual proctoring space. If it weren’t for elearning then this service wouldn’t even be necessary, but given what’s at stake for online course programs the demand for such a service is understandable.
University and professional institutions have a vested interest in making sure that there is a level of integrity withheld in their degree programs.
Most of these courses require the learner to take an exam at some point where the performance has a significant impact for the student. If they pass the exam, then they pass the course and received credits towards their degree. If the exams are solely online, then it can be easy for a student to cheat (if they wanted to).
Virtual proctoring looks to solve this issue. Just like a live exam proctor, the virtual proctor monitors the student as they take their online exam.
That’s it. It’s not revolutionary but it’s needed.
I fully expect to see this segment of elearning to grow immensely in popularity in the coming years as institutions look for ways to eliminate the temptation to cheat on online exams.
If you’re curious to learn more, the following video by virtual proctoring company bvirtualinc.com overviews the service and what is involved.