Monitoring test takers with lecture-capture technology can save campuses money.

Valerie DeVoss knows what test cheating sounds like: Tapping on a smart phone, the rustling of unseen papers, and barely audible whispering – all tipoffs that can be recorded by lecture capture systems used to proctor exams for online students.

Devoss, nursing instructor at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Wyoming, said the campus’s switch to equipment traditionally used for recording professors’ lectures has helped educators there more closely monitor students who take quizzes and tests online, by themselves.

Colleges and universities have long used pricey technology to keep an electronic eye on online students. Eye and fingerprint scanners, along with expensive cameras are among the most common tech tools for proctoring web-based tests.

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