Introduction of Examity to VCU
In 2020, The Office of the Provost and VCU Technology Services worked cooperatively to identify a proctoring solution that could augment the current proctoring solution’s capacity in order to meet the university’s virtual education requirements; and to review alternatives that would better serve the needs of the university community.
Evaluation and Recommendation
- A remote proctoring solution committee was formed, which included five faculty members, and a representative from Academic Technologies, VCU Online, and the Campus Learning Center.
- The committee observed product demonstrations and reviewed information from select vendors about cost, functionality, technology requirements, privacy, accessibility, violation monitoring, reporting, and product support.
- After full consideration from all perspectives, the committee suggested that any new product be run on a trial basis in conjunction with the current product before a final decision is made. Running two products simultaneously allows faculty the opportunity to try the new product as it would be used, while also having a back-up option if the new product does not meet their needs.
- As a result of the committee’s recommendations, a proposal was submitted for Examity and approved by both IT Governance and Procurement.
Spring 2021 Trial (February 1 - May 21)
- The Examity environment configured for use with Canvas (production) by faculty and students.
- Guides and resources posted in the TS askIT knowledge base.
- Support is available for faculty and students.
What Comes Next
- A questionnaire will be provided to assist faculty in sharing feedback during the Spring 2021 trial period (February 1- May 21). Faculty are encouraged to take this opportunity to participate in the trial of Examity this spring and share feedback on your experience.
- If the feedback from faculty is positive, and the solution is proven to be technologically sound and secure, the university will proceed with the purchase of Examity. An RFP purchasing procedure will begin, for the purchase of a new proctoring solution.
- If the feedback is not positive, we will continue use of our existing solution (Respondus) and licensing renewal will proceed.
As with other technology teaching services, the use of Examity or proctoring is optional and at the discretion of the faculty member and/or their program/School.
Questions may be directed to the IT Support Center at https://ts.vcu.edu/it-support-center/.