Apr 7, 2014

Online Assessment Cheating Follow-Up

hapara

As a follow-up to my previous post, There's No Room for Cheating...or Is There?, I offer the possibility of a silver bullet to reducing/preventing cheating during online assessments.  Our school is about to launch a pilot of the Hapara software that works directly in conjunction with our Google Apps for Education software.  Some of the features touted by Hapara are the ability to instantaneously switch the view of your desktop computer to that of your student's, to close open applications, and to push websites to student machines.  If students are aware that teachers can, at any time, view their screen remotely and shut down apps, then they may be less inclined to cheat.  How much that functionality depends on the hardware and software use at the time is yet to be seen, but the prospect of this functionality alone is exciting since we have a 1:1 Chromebook deployment.  More info. to follow as soon as we are up and running.