As businesses and educational institutes around the world postpone and cancel in-person meetings, e-learning is booming – classes and training programs are being conducted with the support of online collaboration tools, like Zoom, Google Classroom, Lark, etc. However, the question that looms large with the authorities is how to move assessments online, ensuring academic integrity and assurance. This has led to an unprecedented surge in the demand for automatically monitored (proctored) examination and skill assessments.
Academic institutions and workplaces are planning to deliver online assessments to workers and students at home in the face of the COVID-19 challenge. They need to ensure that the test is conducted without compromising the integrity of the results. They worry about:
DigiProctor Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled automated proctoring solution eliminates the need to have onsite human proctors/invigilator and ensures that there is no impersonation and/or cheating. Using the webcam, DigiProctor monitors the test takers during the exam and generates warnings for aberrant behaviour – this augments academic integrity and reduces human biases.
Let us first address the two big issues – impersonation and cheating during exams. An intelligent automated proctoring solution can eliminate the need for a ‘human invigilator’. DigiProctor’s conducts the test in a secure environment called the ‘TestPad. Secure ‘TestPad’ algorithms ensure test integrity, even when the test is taken from remote locations – like homes. The only requirement for the user (test taker) is have a webcam attached to their computer, and a stable Internet connection. Our AI-enabled engines closely monitor the user and calibrate a unique ’Trust Score’ based on alerts/warnings generated throughout the conduct of the exam. ‘ Trust Score’ is a reliable indicator of user’s aberrant behaviour during the test session.
Globally, education has embraced remote proctoring solutions for high-stakes test delivery and find examinations administered under remote proctoring systems much more reliable and secure compared to traditional in-person onsite proctoring.
DigiProctor AI algorithms ensure test integrity, and our ‘TestPad’ engines generate alerts to prevent any aberrant behaviour during the exam.
Browser Lockdown: TestPad monitors if the user tries to browse outside the TestPad and will generate an alert (warning).
Face Detection technologies will generate an alert every time user moves out of the Test Frame.
Facial Recognition algorithms periodically checks and maps user’s face with the test taker’s registered photo and generate alerts if someone else is trying to sit for the exam.
Face Detection technologies will detect more than one person in the Test Frame and generate alerts.
The answer is Yes!
Academic authorities can set ‘alert thresholds’ (how many times should the system warn the user before terminating the test) . Every time the test taker displays aberrant behaviour, the ‘Testpad’ will warn the user. Depending on the criticality of the exam, authorities can set the threat tolerance – once the number of ‘alert threshold’ count is reached, the test shall be automatically terminated. Authorities get an in-depth report of all the warnings given to the test taker during the test.DigiProctor makes it Impossible to Impersonate & Impossible to Cheat!
DigiProctor maintains highest levels of security throughout the lifecycle of an examination. The test creator keeps the test papers in an encrypted form (it’s as simple as locking the test paper with a password) – the system mandates this when test creator upload the test paper.
DigiProctor uses military -grade protection security technologies (end-to-end AES-256 encryption, SSLv3/TLSv1.2, and Strong Credential Protection (PBKDF2)) to ensure that your test paper can never get leaked. Multiple levels of security controls are placed throughout the conduct of the exam to ensue highest levels of security and privacy.