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LMS - Learning Management Systems are a platform for digital learning. The main features are briefly explained below:

L – Learning
With an LMS, you can create a single source of online courses and training materials. It will become a unique source of knowledge in your area so that you can keep and enhance your company's internal expertise.

M – Management
You can manage courses and students to improve your institutes performance. Unlike file-sharing services, an LMS is not just a collection of files/folders; rather, it is an organized system where you manage your training process more efficiently. To start training, add staff and assign courses.

Thanks to features like a calendar, you can assign and manage not only online assessments but also the class sessions. In this way, an LMS is a must-have application designed specifically for eLearners.

S – System
The computer system, where you manage everything online. An LMS automates the most tedious and arduous work such as standardization, statistics processing and report preparation. In addition, you can train your employees without leaving the office and manage all the processes from your personal computer/laptop.

In other words, LMS - Learning Management Systems are like your own online university. The system allows you to save and create eLearning courses, allowing learners to access content and evaluate results.

Types of LMS

Now that you know what LMS is, it is time to find out which learning sites exist and how they differ. Here are the details about the different types of LMS:

Corporate vs. Academic LMS

Both corporate and educational LMSs provide access to online learning materials and automate different aspects of the training process, but there are some differences between them.

Learning Objectives

Academic learning aims to produce good students with in-depth knowledge of the subjects and to strive to learn more. Here, theoretical knowledge is the ultimate goal. Corporate training focuses on learning related to practical applications, and one of its main objectives is return on investment.

Course chronology

For work training, time limits are limited, so a corporate LMS must be compatible with all time frames and business needs. Semesters, quarters and trimesters - these are the periods for educational institutions. According to them, an LMS should provide planning units such as holidays, exam times and periods.

Standards vs. Certifications

The corporate learning platform usually offers the ability to monitor and complete in the form of certificates. An educational LMS usually monitors the progress of learners through its grading system. It provides quality books for tracking attendance and work results, as well as other information for each student.

Tools for social learning

Other activities that an educational learning site usually offers include class plans and breakout sessions, discussion boards and skills for creating student groups for a built-in web-conferencing tool.

LMS limitations you may encounter

1. Built-in course teachers usually have strict functional limits, so you can only create simple courses or tests.

2. Not all LMS and creative tools are fully compatible. For example, there may be problems uploading courses on the computer or monitoring learners' progress.

If you want to avoid compatibility issues and create seamless interactive courses, you can use an LMS with the integrated creative tool. For example, Moodle LMS is fully integrated suite. This LMS allows you to create professional-looking e-courses, easily upload them to the platform, and enjoy advanced reporting skills.

What are the benefits of LMS - Learning Management Systems?

There are several obvious benefits to using LMS for businesses and learners:

1. Unlimited access to learning content anytime, anywhere
2. Staying on top of the required training
3. Knowledge will increase engagement
4. Retention of knowledge

Why your institute should be using one for online assessments?

There is no universal agreement on the full set of standard LMS features, but in general, you can divide all learning management requirements into some basic and advanced features:

Users Management - This user management feature enables you to add and edit users, assign roles to them, and link learners into groups and organizations.

Course Management - This feature provides learning materials. Delivery is not only about uploading courses but also tailoring what content goes to whom.

Progress Monitoring - This feature evaluates learner performance. Their progress can be measured at different time intervals or at the end of the course.

Advanced LMS features

Content creation - Some learning sites have a built-in editor that allows you to create simple experiments and courses.

ILD Classroom - If you offer mixed learning, you should support your LMS classroom-based learning efforts (e.g. managing classroom schedules, monitoring attendance and performance).

Mobile learning - Most LMSs allow learners to train anytime, anywhere, on any device. Some of them have their mobile apps, where users can watch the courses even offline.

Social learning - If you want to motivate or encourage your learners to share knowledge, you need the learning management system with social tools. Example - social media, they allow you to publish the articles, discuss your colleagues' posts, and like and share content.

White labeling and customization - With this great LMS feature, you can simply create a completely unique learning platform and maintain brand consistency within your e-learning experience.

Configuration - The use of rewards elements (points, awards, ratings, badges, etc.) can improve learner engagement and motivation to read harder.

Certification - Some sites have the option of issuing certificates after users have completed a course or test. This can be very helpful for companies that run professional certifications regularly.

Integrations - If you want to synchronize your company data with LMS, you need a system that supports the third-party integrations like salesforce CRM, video conferencing tools and more.

Announcements - Announcements help learners to prioritize things: their course completion, tasks, achievements, ideas, upcoming events and more.

Course Library - There are learning sites with a built-in library of ready-made online courses covering different topics.

IRIS Invigilation software can connect with any LMS. If you are looking for invigilation or remote proctoring software then contact the IRIS team today to request a demo.

 

At this time, many universities are conducting exams online. This trend has been accelerated in recent months due to the COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and exam centres and health centres are closing. The number of applicants competing for admission is directly proportional to the reputation of the university as a learning centre. Therefore, when conducting high-scoring exams online, universities and organization often think of ways prevent candidates from cheating – especially if the candidate is trying to take an exam online from long distance places.

It’s not hard to believe, but in the education industry one of the most searched internet queries revolves around ways to cheat on invigilated online exams. It is well known that fraud in online exams is on the rise, and there is no denying that students will always invent new ways to beat proctoring technologies. 

In this blog, we list 10 unique ways in which students try to cheat in online exams, in addition to evaluating smart technologies that can help prevent such an event.

1. Screen Sharing/Reflection:

When taking an exam from faraway places, candidates can use multiple monitors to approach a friend’s exam question simultaneously and provide answers. Candidates are known to use screen sharing to cheat in tests.

2. Using High-Tech Equipment:

Students will often find ways to cheat in an online exam involving cameras. Companies conducting high-tech online exams such as CAT, MAT and other competitive exams, have recently been cited, with test-takers using smaller, practically undetectable Bluetooth devices.

Candidates use calculators that can store formulas and other data so that they can get higher marks in their exam. Test takers have agreed to use high-tech devices to address their concerns about how to cheat in an online exam. They also said that some students use traditional fraudulent methods such as hand-written notes and even writing on their bodies and palms.

3. Mobiles Phones:

In invigilated online exams, fraud, using smartphones is on the rise. Connected devices help candidates store answers and help fellow test-takers find answers from each other or external sources.

4. Auto Coding Software:

Candidates are known to use auto coding software to clear the exam during school/university exams or during recruitment programming tests. These types of software create such programs, without the candidate writing any code themselves.

5. Navigation Offers:

Student misused easy access to the internet and social media tools to commit fraud during online exams. During the test, they tend to log in to unauthorized websites, paste questions into the URL, and find the best solution they can steal.

6. Impersonation:

Taking the test for someone else is a famous trick or an idea borrowed from the plot of famous TV shows. However, when the exams are offered remotely online, the chances of a candidate using an impersonator to come to the exam on other's behalf are very high. There is no need to use any fraudulent devices or methods; Ask a high achieving student to take the test for you. Many testers have been using impersonators to destroy so-called 'high-integrity' tests for years.

7. Use of External Devices:

In online exams, fraud masterminds often use hard drives, USBs, microSDs and other external smart devices that are easy to hide and challenging to detect. Before or after the test, students insert them to make a copy of online exams so they can sell it to other students post exam, or share it online.

8. Their family and friends are present in the room:

One of the most common ways to cheat on multiple-choice tests or quizzes online is to help a family member or friend get close to those who come to the test. These assistants are parked away from the webcam or behind the screen.

They write the answer on a block chain or whisper softy. When engaged in unreasonable ways, such students often hide their faces, disappear from the screen, look around the room, or make suspicious gestures when contacting assistants for the desired response.

9. Copy-pasting and other keyboard shortcuts:

One of the most common types of cheating in online exams is copying and pasting the answers. Students can often copy and paste answers from documents or notepads, which will be prepared in a separate window before the test begins. These are simple ways to trick some remote proctoring software who have no information about what is happening on the screen. IRIS Invigilation software does record screen activity so in this case the student would be caught cheating.


10. Deliberately exit from the test:

Students who think about how to cheat online tests often try to outdo the software by deliberately excluding themselves from the exam. They use excuses such as poor internet connection or power outage to create a way to exit the exam and shut down the camera recording so they can quickly look up answers to questions in the exam. Then they log back in again and continue on with their assessment. Some students outright lie and say they cannot access the software at all but really they are making excuses to avoid being invigilated.

How IRIS can help reduce online exam fraud

IRIS is the complete remote proctoring solution that is secure, scalable, cost-effective and customizable to suit clients’ needs.

IRIS records live footage and audio from the student's computer's microphone and video from their webcam and takes continuous screenshots of what the student sees on their computer screen. Facial markers are identified and monitored; classifying and differentiating innocent behaviors from dishonest behaviors.

Traditional methods of real-time stimulation are expensive and time consuming for educators and evaluators. IRIS targets or `flags” videos that require evaluation to prioritize students in need of further investigation and to manage staff workload.

Best Remote Proctoring:

IRIS’ auto proctoring algorithm is trained to detect a dynamic set of anti-fraud features and is designed to flag suspicious events such as face/presence loss, mobile phone detection, extra person presence, distracted eye movement and more.

IRIS is a sophisticated tool that provides a complete academic integrity solution to ensure the quality of your online assessments is maintained and your students are held accountable for their actions. IRIS Invigilation software and can be easily integrated with any Learning Management System (LMS). Contact the IRIS team today to find out how we can help you.

There are many reasons why university and college students don’t want to be invigilated when taking their online exams. Here is a list of the top 10 reasons why students hate remote proctoring:

1. They want to cheat and invigilation software makes it much more difficult for them to achieve without being detected. These students might have to roll up heir sleeves and start studying hard as it seems like invigilation software is growing in popularity amongst large educational institutes as a way to ensure academic integrity in their online assessments.

2. They feel anxious about being incorrectly accused of cheating. This is a legitimate worry for students but remote proctoring technology is carefully developed to only flag behaviours that indicate potential cheating. If students follow their institutes instructions, set up their exam environment as instructed and simply take their exam as intended there should be no problems. Also, lecturers are intelligent people and if they review a recording and see that a student was incorrectly flagged as cheating e.g. the glare on your glasses obscured eye movement then they will recognise the error and disregard the flagging.

3. They think being recorded is invasive. This is understandable as it does feel strange being filmed by an unknown source in your home/office but there is no one actually watching you in real time. Your recording will only be reviewed or scrutinised if your teacher or lecturer believes academic misconduct has occurred. If there is no reason to think that a student cheated e.g. no or low flagged behaviours then recordings are often not even reviewed. Therefore, if you don’t cheat then remote invigilation can in fact be less invasive than real life invigilation where a real person is watching your every move in an exam hall.

4. They have security concerns. Here at IRIS Invigilation we have stringent security protocols that we follow, IRIS invigilation values the privacy of its users and is committed to handling student data responsibly and securely. IRIS will never sell any collected data to external parties. All recordings and personal information are solely used for invigilation purposes. All staff and contractors working under IRIS invigilation must comply with Australia’s Privacy Act and this policy. You can read our full privacy policy for more information.

5. They want their data protected. The privacy and protection of students and their personal information is paramount. IRIS ensures that data security, protection laws, privacy legislation and regulation are priority. IRIS uses AWS Cloud Security to protect student data and host all data in Sydney, Australia. IRIS never shares data with third parties. The only people who have access to your data are the IRIS technical team and your lecturers.

6. They have bad internet at home and are worried this will affect their exam result. Some students live in countries where the internet is unreliable and network errors are a common occurrence. Luckily IRIS has been designed so if a student's computer crashes or internet goes down during an exam, then the file will try to upload to the internet once a connection has been detected again. If the computer entirely crashes, then the user will have to manually upload the outstanding files via the manual upload feature in IRIS once their internet is working again.

7. They don’t have an ideal IRIS environment. Students need a quiet, private, well-lit room to take their online exam. Some students don’t have a computer at home and use their institutes in a group environment. Some students live in a large household/living arrangement and cannot find a quiet place to take their exam. If an unforeseen incident occurs while you are taking your test, such as a person entering the room, please contact your unit coordinator with details explaining the event. Students should view taking assessments with IRIS in the same manner as they would taking an invigilated assessment on campus.

8. The software is too difficult to set up. The IRIS team have worked hard to make the downloading of IRIS as easy as possible for students. All they need to do is visit the Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome store and download the IRIS extension. That’s ALL you have to do. You can’t start using IRIS until your institute send you your LMS assessment link. When you click on the assessment link IRIS will automatically pop up, follow the prompts, start invigilation and that’s it. If you run into technical problems, re-read your instructions, log out/log in again, or uninstall and reinstall the plugin. Or contact your institutions help desk. Now take your test, once you “finalise and submit” IRIS will pop up again and ask you to wait until your recording has uploaded to IRIS. Then IRIS will automatically shut down, please don’t shut it down before it has finished. That’s it you are done. If you want to delete the extension at this point you can, just make sure you have finalised your recordings first or you will lose data.

9. They worry they are being watched after their exam. Can IRIS record what I do on my computer when I’m not taking an exam? No, IRIS will only invigilate a student during their exam. The permissions they agree to are only for the duration of the exam.

10. They hate it so much they refuse to use it. If a student is taking a unit that requires the use of IRIS, they will need to use the system to access their online tests. There is a password that is auto-populated by IRIS, which will allow them to access their test in their learning management system. If they do not set IRIS up, they will not be invigilated. If they complete any assessment without the compulsory IRIS recording, they could receive a zero for the assessment.

To discuss remote invigilation please contact the IRIS Team. For notes on how to set up your IRIS environment to get the best results click here.