Florida Startup Honorlock Offers An Easy, Yet Thorough, Way To Prevent Online Cheating
As online classes, tests and exams become more and more popular amongst colleges and universities, so have ways to cheat. This has created a new breed of companies in the education technology sector. These online authentication and proctoring companies are trying to find the most effective ways to insure that students taking classes, tests and exams online, at home, at work or in the library, are doing so without cheating.
Many of the software platforms designed to help proctor, administer and insure the integrity of exams require a lot from the university and the end user. For instance, many of these companies require that accounts are created, some kind of photo validation is performed and then a webcam sweep of the testing area is also needed. These ways aren’t fool proof nor are they the most convenient.
Enter Adam Roth and Elena Soboleva, two entrepreneurs from Florida who accelerated at the FAU Tech Runway. Their company, Honorlock promises to do all of these things and more, with less hassle.
For many students taking online tests and exams, the secondary device is the easiest way to cheat. After passing an integrity check from another system, students will put a phone or tablet in their lap, or perhaps a second laptop, allowing them to look up answers to questions while taking the test on another computer. Honorlock is the first company that offers secondary device detection. They know when students are using this method to cheat.
They are also the first company that allows students to take their tests “on demand” meaning when they’re ready and where they want to, and that’s still with integrity protection. Honorlock is fully integrated with the most popular testing platforms meaning that students don’t need to download any special software. It’s all cloud based.
Honorlock also goes above and beyond the teacher/student test taking scenario. They have their own search and destroy software that combs the internet for leaked versions of tests and answer keys. If their search and destroy system finds that a test is being shared, it destroys it, eliminating a big headache for teachers and administrators.
Online proctoring, integrity protection and authentication isn’t new, but the way Honorlock is doing it, is. You can check out Honorlock at BbWorld 17 in New Orleans, July 24th-27th and online at honorlock.com