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Oxford students who take exams on video link say that invigilators should NOT see their ‘private space’

Students who take Oxford exams on video link from their bedroom complain that supervisors and teachers are NOT allowed to see their ‘private space’

  • Classics in Oxford say that room sweeps and webcams are ‘pushy’
  • Faculty confirmed exams that will be taken on Microsoft Teams starting Friday
  • The invigilators undergo the mandatory ‘camera movement of the room’ before the test

Students at Oxford University have plans to take exams via a video link that they find “intrusive” and an invasion of privacy.

The historic institution’s Faculty of Classical Sciences confirmed that exams would be held on Microsoft Teams – an online video call service – starting Friday.

All invigilators undergo a mandatory ‘camera movement of the room’ before the test begins.

The move proves that the student is alone in his room and has no notes around him.

Classics at the University of Oxford have forged plans by professors to inspect their rooms and watch them take their exams via video calls as a breach of privacy. On the photo: All Souls College, Oxford

Classics at the University of Oxford have forged plans by professors to inspect their rooms and watch them take their exams via video calls as a breach of privacy. On the photo: All Souls College, Oxford

But disgruntled students have said this is too pushy, The times reports.

22-year-old Elizabeth Coyle, who is taking her Latin exam during a video call this Friday, said, “It’s kind of pushy, especially since they want us to scan the room, our only private space.”

Another student, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “As a student with a disadvantaged background, it is extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing to know that my teachers will have a look at my personal domestic circumstances – which are atypical of those of an ordinary Oxford student. ‘

For certain papers, an examiner must be present, since students have to translate fixed texts.

These translations are often available online with a quick Google search.

The historic institution's Faculty of Classical Sciences confirmed that exams would be held on Microsoft Teams - an online video call service - starting Friday. In the photo: Tom Tower at Oxford University

The historic institution's Faculty of Classical Sciences confirmed that exams would be held on Microsoft Teams - an online video call service - starting Friday. In the photo: Tom Tower at Oxford University

The historic institution’s Faculty of Classical Sciences confirmed that exams would be held on Microsoft Teams – an online video call service – starting Friday. In the photo: Tom Tower at Oxford University

Prof Martin Williams, University of Oxford’s Pro-Vice Chancellor of Education, presented plans for the first semester of the academic year to Oxford students earlier this week.

He said, “Face-to-face teaching and research supervision will be complemented, where appropriate, by high-quality online activities, delivered by the world-leading Oxford academic staff and leveraging the exceptionally rich resources available through our colleges , laboratories, libraries and collections. ‘

It is because Cambridge University was the first university in the world to attend all personal lectures until the summer of 2021 due to ‘rigid social distance’.

It is because Cambridge University was the first university in the world to attend all personal lectures until the summer of 2021 due to 'rigid social distance'. Pictured: A student went to Trinity College in Cambridge last month

It is because Cambridge University was the first university in the world to attend all personal lectures until the summer of 2021 due to 'rigid social distance'. Pictured: A student went to Trinity College in Cambridge last month

It is because Cambridge University was the first university in the world to attend all personal lectures until the summer of 2021 due to ‘rigid social distance’. Pictured: A student went to Trinity College in Cambridge last month

Britain’s second oldest university said that because the social distance would likely persist for a long time, “there will be no face-to-face college in the coming academic year.”

Priding on academic rigor, the institution did not say how it would continue to maintain the highest standards with distance students.

Other universities, including Oxford, Edinburgh and Cardiff, plan a mix of on-campus and remote lectures from the beginning of the academic year.

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