Online classes need to be monitored

As the technology in our world develops and expands, education evolves right along with it. As education evolves, online classes and degrees become more and more common. We, editors at The Eagle, understand the convenience of it, colleges being able to enroll more and more students and saving room in the classrooms.
However, how can the institution guarantee total academic honesty? Some would argue that academic honesty is a personal thing and something you can’t even guarantee with an on-campus class. We follow up with, who proctors the tests?
How can you guarantee that all exams administered online aren’t being Googled the entire time?
Can an institution administer an online degree in nursing and be confident that the student knows medical terminology, a vital skill in that career field? Where that lack of knowledge can have dire consequences? Medical terminology is a class often offered online even to students even to on-campus students.
The colleges roll in so much money from offering online classes because they can fit a virtually unlimited amount of people into the class.
We also understand the convenience of it to the majority of students. Some work full-time, are parents, and simply don’t have the time to drop everything and become a full-time, on-campus student. However, we believe that online classes can lack some vital components of education. It lacks the connection of educators to students as well as the significance of lectures.
Every student that has taken an online class has likely experienced the temptation to pull Google up in the next tab and look up all of the answers. It’s all too easy. That’s the reality of how far our society has come with technology.
Our solution is this; There are computer programs available that can monitor and proctor test-taking. We believe that is the most responsible way to administer an online class. We realize that it’s not feasible to advocate to abolish online classes, but we do advocate to be more proactive and preserve the integrity about them.
We also understand the financial situation of such a choice to pursue a degree online. Online classes are typically cheaper and more financially feasible. However, there are more scholarships available for on-campus students than online students. There is value in attending on-campus classes with an instructor lecture and group-thinking activities with classmates. We believe the benefits outweigh the cost, along with more readily-available scholarships factored in.
We realize there are situations where an online degree is the only possible way that one can receive a degree. Therefore, The Eagle editors propose submitting all assignments through Turnitin.com or another method to check academic honesty and find a way to proctor a test. For students that live far away, we propose going to a local library and having them proctor. The possibilities are not time-consuming, they are simple. These are solutions to help both educator and student. It protects the student from cheating or plagiarism accusations while also protecting the educator’s reputation of structure and credentials.

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  1. The cheating scandals that have rocked numerous well-known colleges and universities (Harvard and the University of Iowa among them) are reminders that academic reputation is an asset that must be protected. Technologies exist today that offer secure, proctored environments in test centers around the world and in the home. Kryterion’s online proctoring software, Webassessor, verifies the identity of the test taker and locks down his/her browser to prevent access to other sites. A specially trained proctor watches the test taker via a web cam that also records the entire exam. The video can be viewed by the class teacher/professor should there be any evidence of cheating. Online proctoring technologies are proven to ensure safe and fair testing, which ultimately protects the reputation of both the student and the institution.

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