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Fifteen hundred college exams proctored live online


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - ProctorU, a university spinoff, conducts its 1,500th college exam online today making 1,500 students very happy. College students who take courses online no longer have to make appointments, travel to a proctoring location, and in many cases pay an exorbitant proctor fee to take a required exam. ProctorU, developed by Andrew Jackson University and spun off into a separate company eight months ago, is now considered by many as the smart choice for students who take courses online.

“In November 2007 I saw a presentation by a company that claimed to have an online proctoring service,” said Don Kassner, president of Andrew Jackson University, “and I said I’d sign up right then and there.” But Kassner was disappointed when the person presenting the service said it was not actually ready yet and turned him away. Kassner waited – not so patiently – until January 2008 and, when the proposed proctoring service was still not ready, he obtained board approval to develop online proctoring internally.

By late February 2008, one month after receiving approval to develop an online proctoring system, the first test exam was proctored. “It’s been smooth sailing since then,” stated Jarrod Morgan, co-developer of the unique online system. “We have improved the system by adding live certified proctors, real time audio/video using TokBox, technical assistance, practice exams, identity authentication, and the ability to assist exam-takers by remotely controlling their computers during an exam,” said a proud Morgan.

“Now that we’ve perfected online live-proctor exams and coupled the service with identity authentication,” commented Morgan, “and actually proven the system by proctoring 1,500 exams, we’re attracting more and more interested colleges and universities each week.”

According to ProctorU management, the service is also attracting organizations that are interested in partnering with it or buying it from its parent company, Pupilcity LLC. “We are not interested in exploring a sale now,” said Pupilcity LLC managing member Joe Schmoke, “but we are interested in partnerships that would provide our online proctoring service to a segment of the education and training industry that we are not addressing ourselves.”

Education industry analysts expect the demand for online exam proctoring, especially when coupled with a trustworthy identity authentication product, will skyrocket beginning in 2010. This is when the U. S. Department of Education starts requiring schools to make sure the person taking the exam is the student enrolled in the course.


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