Are remote proctored tests the future of assessments

Monday 15th June, 2020

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Are remote proctored tests the future of assessments While there are several benefits of AI-driven remote proctored tests across institutions, it also poses several challenges including limited internet bandwidth or inability of the webcam to work efficiently c-Sheetal.Banchariya @timesgroup.com its ensuing norms of physical distancing have led to a sudden resurgence in e-learning and digital platforms, ensuring that students can continue their studies even when they are at home. This rapid growth inthe e-learning industry has created a demand for various SUpporting technologies anc proctoring. This mec] lows students to take me is gaining traction T' he coronavirus pandemic and What are online pi exams all about Beforetakingthetest, to authenticate his/t using a one-time pa Aadhaar/biometric, tion. The moment a clicks on the given li the computer will ente safe browsing mo which does not allow candidate to perform other tasks Or open other window. "The studentis mc tored in real-time through the webcam and screen capture via artificial intelligence. Reports are generated for the evaluator inthe form of test logs along with screenshots ofthe candidate and his screen," says Manoj K Arora, vice chancellor, BML Munjal University. The university has opted for AlI-driven remote proctoring to conduct the entrance exam for engineering students. Similarly, Pearson India had launched MyInsights NEET Online Test Series. The all Invity," says Sunil Agarwal, head Test Preparation, Pearson India. High stakes entrance exams While it is possible to conduct the entrance exams through remote proctoring platforms, high-stakes exams such as JEE Main and NEET may take some time to follow suit. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been mulling over the option of online proctored exams and does not ers witsure of oring al.entranare not 1 is foolcan enis Zero nalpraculd not 'or highmssuch ain and they are ling faca stucareer," Joshi, T geneTA told ation Challenges in India While there are several benefits of Al-driven remote proctored tests, it alsoposes severalchallenges, especially in a country like India. "In India , the stark challenges for students in remote areas with poor or no internet connectivity and limited infrastructure can restrict their access to this kind of a platform, as a weak or disrupted internet connection may not allow them to log in and complete their exam at the same time. Additionally, limited bandwidth or inability of the webcam application to Work efficiently could alsolead to more complicated technical challenges," adds Agarwal. "The Indian population needs to have a shiftin the mindsets and the way assessments are conducted. Parents and children need to be more open to lighter and stress-free methods of assessments that are formative in nature as AI-based assessments will become a Software as a service (SaaS) for education," says Jairaj Bhattacharya, co-founder and managing director, ConveGenius Group, which has recently launched AI-based personalised assessments in Himachal Pradesh to help the state government conduct formative assessment via chatbot.