How do schools keep online students from cheating?

Cheating remains a problem for both brick-and-mortar and online universities. Online universities and massive open online courses may use a variety of tools to deter students from cheating. These can include proctored exams, where students must show up to a specific location for their tests. Virtual proctoring applications are also available, where a student “shows up” via webcam and footage is reviewed as needed. Keystroke verification software is another form of monitoring students. The software analyzes how quickly a student types, and can tell whether or not the same student is typing during a test. In some cases, online universities may use some form of high-tech scans to positively identify the right student is taking the right test. This could include retina scanning, palm vein scans, or facial recognition software.

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