ProctorU Live+, an anti-cheating platform with IA

ProctorU staff monitoring exams

ProctorU Live+ checks the identity of the students and monitor their movements while they take exams with the aid of webcams and AI technology.

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How can educational institutions monitor their students while they take online exams? ProctorU offers a solution: webcam monitoring with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI).

ProctorU is an online identity management and supervision company that offers remote monitoring. As strange and invasive as it may seem, this platform checks the identity of the students and monitors their movements while they take their exams with the aid of webcams. Students can choose schedules 24 hours a day on an easy-to-use automated platform.

This is how ProctorU works.

To make their service more effective, ProctorU launched a new version called ProctorU Live+, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to add "a second set of eyes" to track the movements of students to detect suspicious behavior.

A press release states that only in 2018 this platform has monitored a million tests, and presumes excellent reliability.

We now have data showing that ProctorU prevents and catches more cheating behaviors when they happen while achieving the highest test-taker satisfaction in the industry. (…) the AI serves as a virtual safety net for our customers, ensuring that we will alert institutions to all aberrant behaviors while providing the highest quality test-taker support in the industry.
— Scott McFarland, ProctorU CEO.

The University of Mississippi is one of the first universities to adopt the new Live+ platform. In this regard, Catherine Hultman, coordinator of testing services states: "We are extremely happy with our ability to better monitor the test-taking behavior of our students while also improving the test-taker experience."

Does this service represent the future of test supervision? Or should evaluations change and adapt to new distance education programs?