Access to a computer, internet is what is required for online learning. However, the convenience of anytime and anywhere education also comes with a most common challenge of cheating. If the exam’s fairness is compromised how can the result be accurate and reflect the actual ability of the candidate.
How do students cheat during online exams?
- Screen sharing with another computer- Since the exams are held remotely, screen sharing with a third person is common. Certain softwares like Teamviewer, Anydesk enables a third party to take control of the student’s computer and attempt the question on his/her behalf. A friend can perhaps log in from another computer, access the question paper and provide assistance.
- Using advanced electronic devices- Micro Bluetooth-powered earbuds, invisible smartwatches and augmented reality glasses can aid the students during the exams because supervision via webcam may not be as effective and visually transparent. Such gadgets appear normal and are undetectable. Additional information can also be hidden under the table.
- Keeping notes on smartphones and using mobile apps-Formulas and definitions can be secretly looked up from one’s smartphone during the exam. Apps like Cymath and Brainly can also quickly solve the exam problem for you.
- Faking identities to get third-party assistance-Rigged identifications like a fake driver’s license or school identification card is difficult to authenticate virtually. Taking advantage of this, the students can have other individuals impersonate them.