Learning Analytics Leading to Remote Invigilation for eTests: A Case Study

  • Michael BairdEmail author
  • Lesley Sefcik
  • Steve Steyn
  • Connie Price


Learning analytics are an important tool for educators as they provide insight into educational trends and patterns based on real student data. This case study focuses on a capstone unit in business at a university in Western Australia. Instructors used learning analytics of average weekly eTest scores, overall average eTest scores, a benchmark assessment score, and study mode extracted from learning management system (LMS) reports to target areas where assessment integrity could be improved. It was found that academic integrity breaches were likely in various iterations of weekly eTests amongst students enrolled in the online study mode. Thus, in 2017, a proof-of-concept was undertaken to assess the suitability and practicality of using a browser-based remote invigilation system to be able to verify a student’s identity and monitor behaviour to better assure assessment integrity. Study success (in this case coursework comprehension and the subsequent attainment of an assessment grade) should not be a function of learning mode. This case study explains how remote invigilation allowed the researchers to achieve a higher degree of study success equivalence within the student cohort. Staff usage, technical challenges and student attitudes regarding webcam monitoring are also explored.


Remote invigilation eAssessment eTest Academic misconduct Learning analytics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Baird
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lesley Sefcik
    • 1
  • Steve Steyn
    • 2
  • Connie Price
    • 1
  1. 1.Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Engineering Institute of TechnologyPerthAustralia

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