A Case Study Analysis of the Use of Online vs. Proctored Final Exams in Online Classes

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Book Chapter

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In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Cases on assessment and evaluation in education. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference

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Chapter 9

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This case study examines the results of an effort by a large regionally accredited institution to assure the integrity of its online final examination process. The question of whether the student outcomes achieved when administering an entirely online final exam are comparable to the outcomes achieved when administering proctored final exams for online (e-learning) university classes is the primary focus of this study. The results of an analysis of over 100 online courses and 1800 students indicate that it is possible to establish processes and procedures that allow the results achieved by students on their final exam to be comparable irrespective of whether the final exam is proctored or is a fully online examination.