Secure Software Lets Students Take Exams Anywhere

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The education market is changing rapidly, and in major ways. Just tenyears ago, there was just one way to get a degree, and that was to showup at campus each day throughout the year and work away class afterclass. Today, you've got a variety of options, and the amount ofalternatives are growing by the day. There are online courses and videoconference classes for starters, but one thing that has continued toplague distance learners is exams. In a lot of scenarios, students havestill been forced to show back up on campus to take vital exams, oftenbecause they simply "need" to be supervised.

An American company is hoping to lend a hand. U.S. firm Software Securehas engineered a software program that is "designed to make surestudents stay honest while taking the exam bykeeping them under surveillance and cutting off any access to cribbingmaterial." Basically, this software allows students to take even vitalexams at their leisure, which is a luxury that a vast amount of studentshave never had. Some argue that it's unfair to give future studentsthis kind of luxury; the relaxing feel of taking an exam whenever andwherever could make it easier to pass, but we doubt any new studentswill balk.


The software does a couple of things: it locks down the use of all filesand the Internet aside from those specifically needed for the exam, andthen it asks for a fingerprint scan to confirm the student's identity.The software is already being implemented in some universities domesticand abroad, but we suspect it will be awhile before such a "wild" newidea is accepted across the board.

The real kicker here is what this means for software and location ingeneral. If we can successfully allow students to take critical exams ontheir own from any location, what else is now possible from remoteplaces? Voting? Working? With a broadband Internet connection and thistype of software, the sky is certainly the limit.
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gibbersome replied on Fri, Jun 11 2010 10:58 AM

This is a great idea, but couldn't a student just have another laptop open at the same time?

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jun 11 2010 7:41 PM

gibbersome:

This is a great idea, but couldn't a student just have another laptop open at the same time?

Or just run the software inside a VM.

This is just silly; I can't believe institution would pay for this.

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Abacus77 replied on Sun, Jun 13 2010 2:56 PM

Nope. And that's because the other component of the system will be monitoring the exam environment with Remote Proctor.

See: http://www.geek.com/articles/news/securexam-device-allows-students-to-take-exams-at-home-day-or-night-2010069/

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jun 13 2010 8:49 PM

Abacus77:

Nope. And that's because the other component of the system will be monitoring the exam environment with Remote Proctor.

See: http://www.geek.com/articles/news/securexam-device-allows-students-to-take-exams-at-home-day-or-night-2010069/

So let a professional test taker control the keyboard/screen from another room via a random RDC software (or simply write to a screen overlay).  There is *no* way for them to out-tech the enterprising cheater.

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3vi1:
There is *no* way for them to out-tech the enterprising cheater.

This.

Everything about this just seems like a bad idea.

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