Student & trainee perspectives on proctoring: insights and improvements

The field of examination proctoring is one of the most important areas of education that is experiencing change due to the increasing use of technology. The upcoming trends and student feelings towards this transformation have been illuminated by recent findings in several conferences.


a university student studying thoughtfully on a laptop.

Just picture Lee, a typical college student, facing those dreaded final examinations. Online proctoring adds additional degree of stress to the preparation stress. Students generally have conflicting opinions about this system, which is put in place to make sure that academic integrity is maintained. 

Lee is not alone in his situation. The impersonal aspect of having an AI or remote proctor watch them raises privacy issues for many students. Such opinions were expressed at the aforementioned conferences, where the trend towards digital monitoring instruments was emphasised. Although these tools are great at preventing dishonest behaviour, they have the unintended consequence of making pupils feel pressured and even "Big Brother-esque" in an overly regimented setting. 

But that's not all there is to it. Furthermore, a great deal of room for development and adjustment exists. For example, a possible change towards oral and practical exams is one trend that has emerged from the meeting. This method is in line with skills-based examinations, which reduce the effectiveness of technological cheating and place an emphasis on the practical application of abilities. 

Additionally, Lee and other students are not merely observers on their path to graduation. Their role as collaborators in education is being more acknowledged, and there has been a request for them to have a say in the development of evaluation tools. By including students, this method has the potential to make proctoring a less invasive and more cooperative part of the educational process. 

The significance of openness and communication from schools has been emphasised by student feedback. They want to know exactly what data is gathered, how their privacy is safeguarded, and how the proctoring software functions. Resolving these issues can help students feel better and build trust between schools and their constituents. 

The use of digital technologies and AI in proctoring also opens up possibilities for examinations that are more tailored to each student's needs and abilities. Exams may be more fair and reflective of a student's actual abilities if they were powered by technologies that could adjust to each student's unique learning trajectory and test them at their current level of competence. 

Some schools are already at the forefront of developing new forms of evaluation in response to comments made at educational conferences and by students themselves. Without sacrificing students' privacy or comfort, these strategies put an emphasis on academic integrity. As an example, AI-powered grading loop systems offer real-time, actionable feedback to improve learning outcomes—all without the need for proctors to hover over each student the whole time. 

The proctoring narrative is evolving from a surveillance-based one to a support-based one as time goes on. Constructor Proctor exemplifies this shift by enhancing transparency about how monitoring processes work and what data is collected, fostering trust and easing the stress associated with remote proctoring. 


Technologists and administrators in the field of education have a delicate balancing act to do: prioritise the well-being of their students while being efficient and honest. Students' experiences, like Lee's, highlight a larger conversation over how to bring humanity to digital education by using technology to enhance learning assessment rather than hinder it. 

Finally, our methods for deploying proctoring technology will need to change as these technologies develop. Institutions of higher learning may guarantee that proctoring promotes an open and welcoming learning environment while simultaneously maintaining academic standards by actively seeking out and implementing student feedback and by continually investigating new forms of evaluation.