Using Facial Recognition Technology to Address Cheating

Facial Recognition Technology to Prevent Cheating

Gone are the days of writing test answers on the back of your hand. On everything from quizzes to nationwide exams, students are becoming more creative in how they cheat: There are now a huge variety of cheating devices, such as electronic erasers with small screens that display the answers to tests. The issue of cheating has become so pervasive that the Algerian government has even decided to shut down nationwide internet access during high school exams.

As technology advances rapidly, methods of cheating are becoming more innovative as well. In order to solve this age-old problem, teachers and proctors need to find an equally innovative way to dissuade students from cheating and to better monitor testing conditions.

This solution begins with updating technology. The VIA Smart Access Control System can be customized for classrooms to prevent cheating and better monitor tests on a wide scale. The system is completely contactless and is easy to integrate into any classroom management strategy.

For standardized tests across the world, proctors spend thousands of hours checking IDs, and the ease of creating fake photos can pose a huge problem to identity verification. With facial recognition technology, testing administrators are able to verify student IDs more efficiently and accurately.

Some provincial governments in China, such as those in Hubei and Guangdong, have successfully implemented facial recognition systems to reduce occurrences of cheating. Existing facial recognition technology matches students’ faces to their ID photos, admission-ticket photos, and high school graduation headshots. Compared to other biometric applications, facial recognition is even more accurate than fingerprint recognition. With facial verification systems, taking an exam for someone else is nearly impossible.

In addition to identity verification, thanks to recent advances in accuracy, reliability, and performance, the VIA Smart Access Control System can help predict cheating behaviors by analyzing students’ expressions and movements.

Facial recognition technology is no longer out of reach. Through a wide range of innovative applications, it can enable quick and accurate identity verification that will deter academic dishonesty and uphold fairness in education.

Note: We asked our summer interns to investigate the potential for FRT in education and present us with their findings and conclusions. Sharon Hsu, a Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics / Business Administration student at National Taipei University, crafted this piece. She is strongly inspired by future developments in education and technology trends.

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