Proctoring RFP Aims to Improve Assessment Solutions

The Office of Technology and Digital Innovation (OTDI) is leading a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an enterprise-wide proctoring tool or tools to support teaching and learning at the university.

Ohio State has been using Proctorio and Respondus Lockdown Browser to help encourage academic integrity for online and in-person assessments. These tools provide a variety of proctoring solutions, from video monitoring, identity verification and browser limiting functionality to prevent students from accessing other tools or the internet while taking exams.

The university last engaged in a competitive bidding process for proctoring tools in 2017. That RFP resulted in the current contract with Proctorio, which began in January 2018. Our goal is to ensure the university has the most accessible and user-friendly platform available, making it easy for instructors and students to take exams in a protected environment.

The RFP is open through Friday, December 8, after which an evaluation committee made up of representatives from across the university will assess the bids and vote on whether to adopt any of the tools based on vendor demonstrations and sandbox testing.

The following colleges, departments and campuses are participating in the evaluation process:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Committee on Academic Misconduct  
  • Dentistry  
  • Engineering  
  • Fisher College of Business  
  • Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences  
  • Lima Campus  
  • Medicine  
  • Moritz College of Law  
  • Newark Campus  
  • Nursing
  • Office of Student Life Disability Services
  • Office of the University Registrar
  • Ohio State Online
  • Optometry  
  • Pharmacy  
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Health  
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine

You can reach out to a committee member from your unit if you have specific use cases you’d like taken into account when evaluating tool options. If you aren’t sure who is representing your area, please contact eLearning Technology Senior Analyst Lisa Rice.

Keep in mind, this DOES NOT mean we are getting rid of Proctorio and Respondus Lockdown Browser in the immediate future. The vendors for these tools are welcome to submit bids for this RFP. We will communicate next steps if any new tools are selected.

If you would like to receive regular updates about this project, you can sign up for the Remote Proctoring RFP mailing list.