Rector wants an alternative to online proctoring


MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University would prefer to stop with online proctoring - online testing under camera surveillance - and switch to alternative testing options. Rector Rianne Letschert said this last Wednesday during the latest meeting of the university council.

In October, things went wrong with proctoring, which has been outsourced to the American company Proctorio since this academic year. Letschert: "That causes stress." For students, teachers and management. The rector is, to put it mildly, “not very satisfied with the service. There have been too many technical hiccups and I cannot ensure that there will be none in the coming period."

She therefore wants to get rid of it as quickly as possible and will be seeking advice from other universities in the next 1.5 months. If they cannot find a solution, we will have to continue proctoring, “but with a different system”.

The council wondered whether take home exams and essays could be a substitute. That is already being done a lot, says the rector. But that is not suitable for all courses.

Unattended examinations at home is not an option, both the rector and the council realize. "The value of the diploma suffers from that."