KRYTERION Webassessor(TM) delivers Online Secured Testing technology – addressing growing assessment and authentication challenges for distance education.
Phoenix, AZ — April 29, 2009, KRYTERION, Inc., announced today that it was chosen by the United States Distance Learning Association to receive the 21st Century Best Practice Award for 2009 for its innovative online secured testing engine, Webassessor.
The award is given to an agency, institution, or company that has shown outstanding leadership in the field of distance learning. The award recognizes pioneering organizations in the field that have changed distance learning, or have challenged existing practices by developing new and innovative solutions for distance learning instruction and employee distance learning training programs.
"We are very pleased to receive this award," commented Pam Cabalka, Executive Vice President for KRYTERION. "KRYTERION is committed to providing innovative, secure testing solutions for distance education. This award underscores that commitment. We are very proud."
The Webassessor Solution
KRYTERION introduced Webassessor's Online Proctoring solution in early 2007 and implemented a successful series of pilot programs in conjunction with the Penn State World Campus. Since then Penn State and other prestigious distance education programs have administered proctored mid-term and final exams to hundreds of students securely and in the convenience of their homes. KRYTERION's Online Proctoring solution involves state-of-the art technology including the use of biometrics, digital photographs and online certified proctors to deter and detect cheating and authenticate student identity. Using patent-pending technology to lock down the browser, register unauthorized keystrokes (Cntrl PrtSc for example) and analyze test session behaviors such as response latency (answering a question too fast or too slow) alerts are sent to KRYTERION Certified Online Proctors to take appropriate action. Student identity is also authenticated prior to test launch by comparing biometric enrollment information with student account information such as a digital photograph and a unique keystroke profile. This combination of innovative techniques and technologies creates the opportunity for distance education institutions to securely deliver tests wherever students live, learn and work at anytime, seven days a week.
The uniqueness of KRYTERION's online secured testing solutions stem from the individual strengths of its founders. Caveon, the market leader in test security, brings leading edge test security technologies. Drake International, who founded Drake Prometric, the first computer-based testing company in the IT industry, adds a long history of test delivery and a legacy of testing innovations. Based in the Netherlands, Cito, provides a wealth of online testing experience and a valuable global perspective.
KRYTERION is a privately held corporation with offices throughout North America and internationally. With years of experience in computer-based testing and related services from its founders, KRYTERION provides unequaled online secured testing technologies via its acclaimed Webassessor(TM).
The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance education and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.