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A snoring cat. A cramping hand. An unexpected visit from the landlord.
What all these things have in common is that they’ve all caught the attention of the alert online proctors monitoring WGU students taking tests remotely.
When the L.A. Times ran a story yesterday about how online universities like WGU use cutting-edge technology to prevent cheating on tests, we ended up having a good conversation on WGU’s Facebook page about what it’s like taking an online exam as a WGU Night Owl.
The consensus: It’s a very cool—but, at least the first time or two, a very different—experience.
Biometrics to make sure you’re really who you say you are just seem so high-tech they must be out of a science-fiction movie or something! Knowing that someone’s watching you take your test via webcam takes some getting used to.
But the best stories come from the unexpected little happenings that cause your online proctor to pause your test and ask you to confirm that you’re not cheating—that there’s not someone else in the room, for example, or that you don’t have hidden notes you’re peeking at.
The other consensus from Facebookers was that it’s all worth it to ensure that when you pass your assessment, it’s legit—that you have really, honestly proven what you’ve learned.
Here are a few of the stories we heard:
What’s your best online proctoring story? Tell us in the comments below!
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