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Now more than ever: continuing exams and tests for critical workers must continue

Posted by: John Kleeman, Founder and Executive Director

It’s going to be a long time before we hear the words ‘business as usual.’  Bringing people together to one physical location is rarely going to be possible.  It follows that how we conduct exams, tests and assessments needs to be reimagined.

Whatever the challenges, crucial exams must continue.  We must ensure that people on the front line of fighting the coronavirus have the skills to do their job.  Health care professionals must be able to qualify and demonstrate their competency.  Existing medics need to upskill and gain the knowledge for redeployment.  Industries that deliver crucial infrastructure must be able to recruit and be confident in the training they’re delivering.

Understandably, exams usually regarded as crucial have been canceled in the short term.  Different authorities are exploring alternatives that will enable this year’s cohort of medical school finalists to qualify.  Previous assessment grades and placement experience are likely to scrutinized.  But as social distancing looks set to continue in the medium-term, this route is unlikely to be sustainable.

Now more than ever, employers, governments and the public need to be confident that those on the front-line have been fully trained and can demonstrate the skills to do the job.

Because of advancements in virtual learning technology, it is increasingly possible to study and train remotely.  But how can the necessary assessments be conducted?   Without them, can we truly measure knowledge and allow qualifications and certifications to be awarded?

Some assessments can be conducted easily from home.  Quizzes and tests to measure progress while studying, and to help with learning, do not require high security.  But when the stakes are high, this is simply not appropriate.

Proctoring Online helps organizations deliver secure assessments remotely when the stakes are high.

We provide an online proctor who supervises a test-taker using the webcam and audio built into the test-taker’s computer. The proctor confirms the test-taker’s identity and can pause or terminate the assessment if they see suspicious behavior. Proctoring Online enables assessments to be taken from home or office, removing the costs and need to travel to a test center, without compromising on security.

Find out more about Proctoring Online here or contact Questionmark.

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