Video proctoring uses a webcam to:

  • Verify student ID
  • Scan the testing room for other resources and people
  • Monitor and record students’ behavior and activity during a proctored exam

What is video proctoring?

Video proctoring uses a webcam to monitor and record students during a proctored exam, verify ID, and scan the room to make sure no other people or resources are present.

How are online exams monitored using video proctoring software?

Video is a commonly used portion of proctoring software but some companies use it differently. In some cases, the software is only recording the student so that a proctor can review the video at a later time. In other cases, video is monitored by AI and if it detects and potential cheating or issues, it alerts a live proctor in real-time to enter the exam session and assess the situation

Completing a room scan

Students will use their webcam to complete the room scan to demonstrate that no one else is in the room and that there are no other resources that aren’t permitted by the instructor, such as notes or textbooks.

Video proctoring verifies ID 

After the room scan, the student will complete identity verification by taking a picture of themself and their photo ID with the webcam.

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Did you know that ID verification is required by the federal government?  

Student ID verification is required because it ensures that the person receiving credit for the course is that same person doing the work and earning the grade. Honorlock has a fast ID verification process so that students will spend the least possible amount of time on administrative tasks before being free to concentrate on the exam.

Who’s watching and when?

Many students have questions about how they’re being monitored by video during the proctored exam and rightfully so. It’s not uncommon for students to feel anxious if they know that they’re constantly being watched by a live proctor during the exam. It’s intrusive and distracting for the test taker to say the least.

Honorlock doesn’t like the idea of having a stranger stare at students through a camera when they’re taking exams, so we came up with a better way to proctor exams without increasing student anxiety. With Honorlock, the student’s webcam records them during your test, but no one is watching the exam in real-time.

Our AI software monitors the exam session and automatically notifies a live human proctor if it senses potential issues. The proctor can then assess the situation and enter the exam via chatbot to help get the student back on track. The proctor will later send any notes about the incident to the instructor. After the exam, one of our proctors may review the testing session to look for any potential violations, and we will send the recording to the instructor along with any notes made by our proctors.

Facial recognition

Facial recognition is typically used to authenticate users. It matches a human face by measuring facial features from a given image or video.

No. Honorlock uses facial detection. Honorlock only detects that there is a clear human face in the webcam.

  • We do not identify the face, store any of the facial elements, or match the face to a database
  • If no face is detected, or if multiple faces are detected, AI will flag the incident and a human proctor may intervene

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