RFID Professional Institute Teams With InstructedU for Certification Exams

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The partnership will enable RFID professionals worldwide to take proctored certification exams via the Internet.

The RFID Professional Institute (http://www.rfidpros.org), a not-for-profit organization founded to promote professionalism in the RFID industry through standardized certification exams, and InstructedU (http://www.instructedu.com), an online learning solutions and exam delivery provider, announced today a partnership that will enable the Institute to deliver certification exams via the Internet, using InstructedU's test-delivery platform. The exams will be monitored in real time by ProctorU, an online proctoring company that has partnered with more than 800 training organizations, corporations, colleges and universities. ProctorU has monitored more than one million exams since 2008.

"We looked at a lot of different exam management and delivery systems, and InstructedU had, by far, the best combination of features and affordable pricing," said RFID Professional Institute Chairman Ian Robertson. "The InstructedU team has been great to work with. They have helped us every step of the way."

InstructedU's exam-delivery platform allows organizations to load exam questions, or items, into a database and assign difficulty levels and subject areas, so that tests can be generated according to a predefined blueprint. The exams can then be delivered to students online in a virtual testing room. Secure online proctoring will be available through InstructedU's partnership with ProctorU.

ProctorU provides proctoring services to make online testing of examinees more secure. Developed out of a unique necessity, ProctorU provides the growing population of online test takers with a flexible and convenient way to complete assessments. ProctorU gives test takers the comfort of taking exams from home, while administrators have peace of mind knowing that the academic integrity of a traditional testing center is being upheld.

Serving as an extension of the institutions, ProctorU’s proctors use a three-step process to ensure an exam's integrity. Proctors see the test taker via the webcam. They know what the test taker is doing during the test, through screen-sharing technology, and can ensure the test taker's identity via a thorough authentication process. Proctors are trained to monitor for specific behavior, ensuring that a high level of integrity is maintained throughout.

After proctored exams are completed, the InstructedU exam-delivery platform provides individual and aggregated exam results that an organization's test administrators can access at any time. Reports are available for detailed analysis.

"We are honored to partner with the RFID Professional Institute and support their mission by increasing access to their certification exam," said Rich Wirth, InstructedU's VP of information technology. "The Institute shares our commitment to delivering exams that ensure integrity in the most cost-effective and efficient way. Now, RFID professionals will have the option to take the exam online at their convenience or in a face-to-face, in-person testing environment.”

Online exams are available immediately by registering at rfid.instructedu.com. Face-to-face exams will be delivered at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016, being held on May 3-5, in Orlando, Fla., as well as at future industry events. For more information, please visit the RFID Professional Institute’s website, http://www.rfidpros.org.

About the RFID Professional Institute
The RFID Professional Institute is a global, not-for-profit organization founded by a group of independent RFID industry veterans to promote professionalism in the RFID industry through the development of standardized certification exams. The exams will cover all types of radio frequency identification systems and how they are used in business and consumer applications. All exams will be vendor-neutral. The Institute is not associated with RFID Journal or RFID Journal LIVE!

About InstructedU
InstructedU was built on the vision of enabling organizations that deliver training and assessments to affordably expand their reach, revenues and effectiveness. Utilizing modern technologies and best practices in online education, InstructedU is focused on and committed to delivering simple, engaging and effective online learning experiences. With InstructedU, organizations can move their instructor-led training, self-paced training and assessments online with confidence and ease. To learn more, visit http://www.instructedu.com.

About ProctorU
ProctorU provides distance-proctoring services for institutions that offer examinations online. The service allows students to take exams from anywhere in a secured environment using only a computer, a webcam and a high-speed Internet connection. ProctorU offers live, person-to-person, real-time monitoring to more than 800 colleges, universities and certification organizations, including the University of Florida and Northwestern University.

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