Remote Proctoring Considerations

The University of Toronto has an agreement with ProctorU to provide remote proctoring services. The aim of remote proctoring is to improve academic integrity amongst students during formal exams. The financial and administrative costs of remote proctoring are very high. Please take into account the following considerations when deciding whether or not to use remote proctoring:

  1. What specific knowledge and skills am I evaluating? Can these be evaluated through assessments other than formal exams?
  2. Does the format of my exam lend itself to online proctoring? For example, the exam needs to be created as a Quercus Quiz with all answers typed rather than uploaded by students.
  3. Can I make use of existing tools within Quercus to evaluate students? For example, assignments, timed quizzes with randomized questions, oral exams, take-home exams, etc.
  4. Remote proctoring can be a stressful experience for students. Even with significant preparation students can experience technical issues during exams contributing to higher stress levels. Some issues are beyond the student’s control, including limitations based on their country of residence, for example. 
  5. Do I have time to review flagged exam reports from ProctorU? Depending on the level of proctoring employed, anywhere between 1% and 8% of exams require instructor review after-the-fact.
  6. Is my evaluation of high enough stakes to warrant remote proctoring? Is this the primary means of evaluating students in my course?

If you’ve considered the above and would like to further explore remote proctoring, please contact Jeff Quinlan at