V-Proctor is virtual proctoring software based on technology developed at Arizona State University. Its purpose is to monitor a student's physical environment during an exam, either to provide an audit trail when an instructor suspects cheating, or to reduce the amount of effort required to remotely proctor an exam. What makes our proctoring system unique is the ability to use a webcam and microphone with computer vision and audio pattern recognition algorithms to trigger video captures in order to detect infractions. This hardware already exists in most laptops and it can cheaply be purchased and used on both Windows and Macs. This makes VProctor's software easy to deploy and scale.
Triggers are modules that run in order to try to detect potential violations, called incidents. Incidents are reported to a proctoring server during the incident. Incident data which include video, screen shots, and audio are uploaded to the server at the end of the exam. Currently available triggers will be configured via a simple to use Instructor interface. Instructors will be able to configure triggers like the absence, interactive , noise, manual, and screen-capture triggers. The data is then available via an intuitive user interface for the proctor/instructor to review at a later date.
- Easy to deploy and scale: VProctor uses built in hardware available on most computers. The backend software can be deployed on virtual servers provided by VProctor or can be hosted locally at site.
- OS independent: Student and proctor client software runs on Windows and Macs. The clients can be launched from other software such as Blackboard and works in conjunction with other software such as lock-down browsers.
- Easy to configure: The Instructor software allows any combinations of triggers to be picked on a per exam basis. For example, video or audio triggers can be turned off while allowing other triggers.
- Offline proctoring: The data is collected and stored on the servers for instructors and proctors to review offline. Therefore, allowing proctors to monitor exams at any time rather than at a particular time. This also allows students to take an exam when it's most convenient for them.
- Easy to review: VProctor software allows for easy review, highlighting incidents by timeline or by category so that the proctor can review exams at a fast pace and marking incidents as potential infractions. These can be further reviewed by an instructor (an instructor might have multiple proctors for a large class/section). Multiple roles are already configured in the VProctor software.
- Comparative Statistical Data: VProctor provides comparative data for the students in the class so that the proctor/instructor can see if a pattern of infraction for a student or section is significantly different. This allows for zeroing in on evaluating high probability cases.