Steps we are taking to address AI exam cheating…

We have all seen the explosive growth and interest in ChatGPT and this is only the beginning of AI-powered tools that make life easier for students. This makes AI exam cheating far harder to detect than ever before, especially as traditional plagiarism tools are now entirely ineffective.

The developers at IRIS Invigilation are very aware of this and have taken steps to address this technology in the context of using AI for exam cheating. Here are a few of the initiatives that will help detect AI usage during an online invigilated exam…

  1. COPY/PASTE INACTIVITY – Through the LMS and browser, we can trigger the inability to copy text from a data source and paste it into an exam answer for editing. This is a two-way restriction where the student is restricted from copying a question and pasting it into another platform as well as copying from an external source and pasting it into an exam response.
  2. ROOM SCAN PRIOR TO EXAM START – IRIS has a feature where before a student starts an exam they are to rotate the camera 360 degrees to show the surrounding environment. This can help to identify potential cheating tools as well as other people in the room. (Also, note that IRIS now has Geolocation along with detection of proximity to other students taking the same exam.)
  3. BROWSER LOCK-DOWN – Restricting the ability for students to visit certain websites is an effective deterrent as for AI exam cheating to occur there does need to be an interaction with the AI platform. Whilst restricting this access on a separate device is harder to detect, removing the ability on the student’s PC/laptop to access is an important step.
  4. SINGLE MONITOR RESTRICTION – IRIS has a standard function where students can only complete an invigilated exam with a single monitor connected to their PC/laptop. Prior to this, a student could have a cheating website on one screen and an exam on the other.
  5. OPTION for SECOND CAMERA – Having a dual webcam option will allow for both the recording of the student from the main webcam (with eye movement detection) as well as a secondary camera for the detection of academic misconduct that is out of view of the main webcam. In addition, using a second camera, which would be a mobile phone, will restrict the device from being used for potential cheating activities.

IRIS Invigilation is not just about the detection of academic misconduct, the main emphasis is on the deterrence of exam cheating and maintaining the fairness and validity of the testing process.