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UK: Machine learning is allowing thousands of students to sit exams at home

By ITS Education Asia

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One effect of the pandemic has been to ‘speed-up’ the process of many more people sitting exams by computer.  An example - Better Examinations - is a  tech business that allows tens of thousands of students to remotely sit exams at the same time, with each needing just a laptop, a webcam and an internet connection.

The firm's software uses machine learning (ML) to detect patterns in user behaviour that could indicate attempts to cheat. Its technology can also automatically mark multiple-choice answers and mathematics exams.

In addition, it checks each exam-sitter's identity using the webcam, to ensure that no-one else is sitting the test for them. The Better Examinations program also temporarily restricts access to the internet, or certain websites and applications on each person's computer.



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