Former Olympian and personal trainer Julia Russell tries out a pair of new AR swimmers goggles from FORM. In many ways, cheating on high school and college exams used to be a lot harder than it is nowadays. What used to take an elaborate plot to discreetly spread answers across a classroom can now be done with a swipe on a smartwatch. You used to have to steal the answer key or have a cheat sheet hidden around your desk. Now, smartphones can be disguised as calculators, information can be spread invisibly via the airwaves and tiny earbuds allow students to listen to content transmitted from a smartphone in their backpack across the room.
Rationalize and streamline – that's what advanced technologies demand today. In the sphere of education, there is EdTech to make a difference by the means of tech advancements. Through state-of-the-art tools and powerful techniques, educational technologies assist students with their academic efforts and ease the burden of the teachers' mission. Artificial intelligence (AI) has a treasure trove of tools to help the education industry make headway into the future. We'll take a gander in depth.
The influence of artificial intelligence (AI) can be felt across every aspect of life, and higher education is no exception. AI is making education increasingly accessible and easier for students with disabilities, providing support for those who need additional help. But it can also help universities uphold academic honesty policies. Georgia Tech University in the US has developed "an AI agent" named Jack Watson to pose as a contractor and help the university identify students guilty of contract cheating. Contract cheating is a serious academic dishonesty that involves students getting an external party to contribute to or complete their assignments or assessments.
When Amanda Kemper found out that artificial intelligence would help monitor students during her mechanical engineering class's final exam this summer, she was worried. Like many students, Kemper's classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shifted online suddenly in the spring due to the ongoing pandemic. With remote learning came remote exams: Starting in July, the university let instructors use software from Honorlock, which is one of numerous companies that can record video -- and much more -- of students as they take tests, and uses AI to point out any behavior that looks like cheating. Kemper learned about Honorlock a week before her final exam and she had a number of concerns. She didn't like the idea of being recorded and having that recording sent to her professor.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a boon for the test proctoring industry. About half a dozen companies in the US claim their software can accurately detect and prevent cheating in online tests. Examity, HonorLock, Proctorio, ProctorU, Respondus and others have rapidly grown since colleges and universities switched to remote classes. While there's no official tally, it's reasonable to say that millions of algorithmically proctored tests are happening every month around the world. Proctorio told the New York Times in May that business had increased by 900% during the first few months of the pandemic, to the point where the company proctored 2.5 million tests worldwide in April alone. I'm a university librarian and I've seen the impacts of these systems up close.