The Proctor at Home: Using Technology to Keep Online Students from Cheating

first_imgTags:#E-Learning#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As more and more students choose online courses either as alternatives to the traditional college experience or as a supplement, a lot of colleges have started to worry about how to prevent these students from cheating on remotely administered exams. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the U.S. Congress, too, is concerned about this and has added language into a part of legislation renewing the Higher Education Act that encourages schools to fight cheating more effectively.Technology While the legislation will not pass until later this year, a number of schools are already looking at high-tech solutions to proctor online exams for them. The most sophisticated of them is the Securexam Remote Proctor, a small device which features a fingerprint scanner, microphone, and a video camera with a 360 degree view. In order to start an exam, students have to prove their identity by fingerprint and during the exam, while the microphone and video look out for anything suspicious like an unknown voice or movement on the camera. While Securexam advertises its system as promoting ‘integrity and convenience,’ the device looks to be anything but convenient. It only works on Windows machines and only with Internet Explorer. Given how popular Apple’s computers are with students, this clearly creates problems for a large number of students.The Remote Proctor is currently being tested by Troy University and costs around $150.Other programs, like Kryterion’s Webassessor, use a somewhat simpler solution based on webcams and biometrics. Webassessor users human proctors that watch up to 50 students each and its software analyses a student’s typing style and alerts the proctors if there is a change (like when somebody else has taken over).Challenge QuestionsAxicom Corporation, which is being used by quite a few universities for their online courses, uses personal ‘challenge’ questions to establish the identity of a student. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, these questions are based on data Axicom gathers from publicly available databases such as criminal files and property records (surely, nobody would want their friends to have to answer a challenge question about whether they were first arrested for arson in 1995 or 1997).PrivacyAll of these systems carry a good number of privacy issues with them, but they are also all relatively expensive. Then, of course, there are questions if cheating on online exams is even a real problem. As the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education points out, most teachers in online courses rely less on major exams and more on projects and group work anyway.Also, no matter what the technological solution is, chances are that an intrepid cheater will always find a way around this system. Should Congress decide to make systems like this mandatory, however, then we will soon see a whole new market open up and surely other companies will come up with more solutions. The question that remains, however, is if there ever really was a problem in the first place.What is your take on this? Do you have experience with these systems? Do you think online students need to be monitored more closely?Photo by Flickr user dcjohn. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Carlson Wins TFSA Volunteer of the Year

first_imgTouch Football South Australia (TFSA) Referee Director and decorated referee, Damien Carlson has been awarded with his second TFSA Volunteer of Year award for his outstanding contribution to the sport in South Australia at the 2012 TFSA Annual Awards function.Damien dedicates countless hours to improving refereeing in South Australia and also holds a position on the TFSA Operations Advisory Panel, providing support and advice on all Touch Football matters. Damien was also honoured for his own achievements on the field as a referee in 2012, claiming the TFSA Referee of the Year award.TFSA congratulates Damien and all the award winners from the 2012 TFSA Annual Awards:Volunteer of the YearDamien CarlsonAffiliate of the YearHope Valley Touch Football ClubAdministrator/Competition Coordinator of the YearBill Sheeky (Hope Valley)Referee of the YearDamien CarlsonCoach of the YearMick GrayKildare Rieck Elite Scholarship Male Recipient – Dave HarrisFemale Recipient – Georgia BrownCongratulations to all the award winners and finalists. Stay tuned to and for more details and event photos.Related LinksTFSA Annual Awardslast_img read more

Minister Says IRP Aims to Develop Energy Sector

first_imgMinister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the aim of the Government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is to develop the country’s energy industry and provide cheaper alternative energy sources for Jamaicans at all levels of the society.“For the first time, the energy sector will be developed in a structural way consistent with the National Energy Policy. Our Integrated Resource Plan is our blueprint that we are developing for the energy sector,” he explained.The Minister was speaking at a breakfast meeting with key stakeholders of the IRP, with the aim of sensitising them about the 20-year plan’s objectives, and partnerships being sought to achieve its goals. The meeting was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on October 13.The IRP is a comprehensive decision support tool and road map for meeting Jamaica’s electricity grid objectives over the next 20 years between 2018 and 2038.“As a nation that heavily depends on fossil fuels, we recognise the need for reliable sustained and affordable energy supplies going forward. Our overdependence on imported fossil fuel has not only cost us deeply over the years, in terms of foreign exchange, investments, productivity and growth, but it has also forced us to look towards cheaper energy, including renewable and alternative energy sources,” the Minister explained.Dr. Wheatley said if stakeholders at all levels keenly follow the guidelines of the IRP and work alongside the Government towards achieving the goals, this will result in the nation’s productivity being increased, cheaper goods being offered for trade and a reduction in energy costs at all levels.“Every single Jamaican is affected by the high cost of energy, [such as] entrepreneurs with good business ideas, manufacturers with export and employment potential, householders, investors [and] persons within the agribusiness sector,” the Minister said.“Today we continue to rely heavily on fuel oil, coupled with the age and inefficiency of many of the conventional power plants in Jamaica. This has resulted in high generation costs. We need some 20 million barrels of oil, and this can cost the country anywhere within the region of some US$2 billion. Our export [and] our manufacturing sector will become uncompetitive if we maintain a high energy cost,” Dr. Wheatley added.He pointed out that the Administration believes that for the country to achieve real growth, “we must provide access to cheap energy”.“We have moved aggressively to incorporate natural gas and other alternative energy sources. However, there is definitely more that needs to be done. It is within this context that the Integrated Resource Plan is being developed as a critical tool for assessing our future energy demands and providing options for meeting the Government’s policy objectives,” the Minister said.“The IRP will provide to all stakeholders, including the investment community, a clear view of the agreed suite of investments for the medium to long term. It will certainly add a level of predictability as to the planned investments for Jamaica’s electricity sector, timelines for the completion of each, and a clear methodology for participation,” he noted.Dr. Wheatley is urging all Jamaicans to find interest in the IRP and play their role in ensuring the goals are achieved by 2038.last_img read more


first_imgHedley dropped from radio stations, Junos show amid sexual misconduct allegationsAt least three Canadian radio stations have pulled Hedley from their playlists after a barrage of sexual misconduct allegations against the band surfaced on social media this week.The firestorm of accusations prompted the group to post a statement on Facebook, dismissing the claims from young fans as “unsubstantiated.” But the allegations prompted the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to drop the band from the Junos awards ceremony.Edmonton-based Hot 107 is one of the stations which has temporarily stopped airing Hedley’s music.  READ MORE Advertisement Full statement by Hedley on sexual misconduct allegationsCanadian rockers Hedley released a statement Wednesday calling recent allegations of sexual misconduct “unsubstantiated.”  The band’s statement addressed claims of sexual behaviour involving young fans that emerged on Twitter in recent days:All of us in Hedley respect and applaud the #MeToo movement and the open and honest discussion it has inspired. We believe these conversations are particularly important within the music industry, which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve. We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue. READ MOREHedley concert in Medicine Hat to proceed, despite sexual misconduct allegationsHedley’s concert in Medicine Hat, Alta., on Wednesday will proceed as planned, despite allegations of sexual misconduct involving young fans that recently surfaced on social media.“The Canalta Centre is aware of the allegations. We are working with tour promoters to run the show as planned this evening, and we are confident that it will be an enjoyable, safe and inclusive experience for all involved,” said a representative of the venue where the band is scheduled to play, in an emailed statement. READ MOREHedley’s Juno Awards Set Cancelled Following Sexual Misconduct AllegationsBritish Columbia, Canada pop-rock band Hedley has been dropped from the Juno Awards after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against the band’s members this week. As reported by Exclaim, Twitter user @_cndnpsycho began tweeting DMs that they had received from women alleging that Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard had made inappropriate contact with them when the women were teenagers. The hashtag #outHedley2k18 began spreading, with some users urging the Junos (Canada’s Grammys) to rescind the band’s nominations for this year’s awards. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said they were “following this situation closely” and tweeted on February 14 that the band would no longer be performing. READ MORE. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Rep Lucido bill would charge bottled water operators a fee in Michigan

first_img18Oct Rep. Lucido bill would charge bottled water operators a fee in Michigan Categories: Lucido News Companies bottling drinking water from Michigan sources would face a per-gallon fee under legislation introduced this week by state Rep. Peter Lucido.The 5-cent per gallon fee would help compensate the state for the loss and sale of one of its most treasured natural resources, Lucido said.“It’s not fair that these out-of-state and out-of-country corporations can swoop in, take millions of gallons of our groundwater, and sell it for a profit. They’re basically poaching our water,” Lucido, of Shelby Township, said of his legislation. “Why are we giving away our resources for free? Our state and its citizens deserve some compensation when companies are making a financial killing off our water – a resource they’re getting for practically nothing.”Lucido’s bill relates only to water used for drinking water by bottling companies. It would not apply to water withdrawn and sprinkled back into the ground.Revenue from the fee would be restricted for use on infrastructure improvements throughout Michigan.“The funds would go directly to upgrading aging infrastructure, like the municipal sewer systems that overflow and dump sewage into Lake St. Clair,” Lucido said. “We need to preserve, protect and repair our sewer and water systems, and this will provide a fitting funding source.”According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Nestle draws approximately 1.1 million gallons of water a day from its four pumping locations in Michigan. Lucido said a 5-cent per gallon fee would amount to $55,000 a day, or more than $20 million a year.House Bill 5133 has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.###last_img read more

The EU is set to greenlight Deutsche Telekoms ac

first_imgThe EU is set to green-light Deutsche Telekom’s acquisition of Tele2 in the Netherlands, according to a Reuters report.Citing sources familiar with the matter, Reuters said the deal is due to get unconditional anti-trust approval, following a European Commission investigation into the deal.In its preliminary analysis the EC raised competition concerns about the effect of the merger on the mobile retail market, notably in the residential segment.However, Deutsche Telekom argued that the combination of the number three and number four operators in the Dutch market would account for only 25% of the mobile market, making it the number three player.Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile Netherlands agreed to acquire Tele2 NL last December in exchange for €190 million cash and a stake of 25% in the combined company.last_img read more

Amount of compensation for injured workers depends on type of impairment rating

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 14 2018If you experience an injury at work, the amount of compensation you receive depends on which impairment rating system is used, according to research from McMaster University and the Netherlands.The American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is used in workers’ compensation systems, federal systems, automobile accidents and personal injury cases to rate impairment.However, a comparison of a group of injured workers assessed using the two most recent editions of the AMA guides revealed that usage of the sixth edition resulted in significantly lower impairment ratings than the fifth edition.The findings were published today in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.”Our study shows your impairment rating will depend on the version of the AMA guides that you are assessed with,” said Jason Busse, first author and an associate professor of anesthesia at McMaster.”The difference in impairment rating is likely due to the fact that when these guides first came out, they were focused on pain and range of motion, and they have increasingly moved to more direct measures of function.Related StoriesAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?AMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”For example, in an earlier guide they may have measured whether a person could lift their arm above their head without discomfort, but now they look at whether the person could put a box on a shelf.”Researchers used data from a consecutive sample of 249 injured workers referred for an independent evaluation at the Orthopedisch Expertise Centrum Amsterdam between 2011 and 2012.The results showed the median whole person impairment rating was seven per cent for 131 claimants assessed with the fifth edition of the AMA guides, and four per cent for 118 claimants assessed with the sixth edition.”Because all assessors in the Netherlands switched from the fifth to the sixth edition at the same time, we were able to study two large cohorts of patients with similar injuries and explore the impact on impairment ratings,” said Busse, who is also a researcher with the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.The other major finding of the study was considerable inconsistency of AMA Guides editions used by workers’ compensation boards across North America.”There was a tremendous variability in the edition that North American compensation boards are using,” Busse said. “The most recent version, which was the sixth, was published in 2007. Yet, for example, we have the largest compensation board in Canada, which is in Ontario, using the third revised version which came out in 1991.”Busse said he recommends consistency across compensation boards.”Workers’ compensation boards should standardize impairment rating systems so that everyone is gauged on the same scale,” he said. “If we believe that more recent editions of the AMA guides do a better job of quantifying impairment, why is it that so many Boards are using earlier versions?”Source: read more

Study reveals older womens perceptions of wearable and smart home activity sensors

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 30 2019A study conducted by Assistant Professor Blaine Reeder, PhD, and co-authored by Catherine Jankowski, PhD, at the University of Colorado College of Nursing on older women’s perception of technology found that more active older adult women prefer wearable sensors for themselves and smart home sensors for their older parents.Published in Informatics for Health and Social Care, the study titled “Older Women’s Perceptions of Wearable and Smart Home Activity Sensors” included ten women with an average age of 65 years. The study aimed to characterize perceptions of wearable and smart home technologies for older women. Consumer-grade wearable activity monitors include fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Yamax CW700 as well as smart watches with accelerator sensors; smart home technologies include sensors installed in the residential environment that allow for passive monitoring of health. Home sensors include bed and chair pressure sensors, activity sensors, video sensors, door and window sensors, and leak detection sensors.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTNursing home care prices rise faster than other medical care and consumer pricesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous research”Our findings that younger, more active older adult women prefer wearable sensors for themselves and smart home sensors for their parents is important to tailoring technology research for independent aging,” said Reeder. Dr. Reeder conducts informatics research to connect the contexts of personal health and public health with a focus on three areas: aging in place, organizational information systems, and research tools.”Given the greater number of women who will live into old age and their specific age-related risks, such as high-risk for fracture due to low bone mass, there is a need to identify approaches that help women to age independently. Sensor-based technologies show promise, but their acceptability with older adult women must be understood to promote adoption into daily life,” said Reeder.This study showed that in general, wearable sensors were perceived as more useful than smart home sensors because most participants had high levels of activities outside their homes. In addition, both technologies were acceptable for personal activity data collection, and participants had few concerns about data sharing.Technology perceptions were assessed during a larger pilot study led by Dr. Jankowski to evaluate technology measurements of jumping activity, which led to the funding of her current R01 on DHEA and Musculoskeletal Adaptations to Exercise in Older Women.last_img read more

Barry Becomes a Hurricane Barrels Toward Louisiana Coast

first_imgHurricane Barry is barreling northwest toward Louisiana, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), with heavy rain, storm surges and dangerous winds expected along the northwest Gulf Coast. As of 11 a.m. ET, Barry was moving northwest in the Gulf of Mexico at 6 mph (9 km/h), and its eye was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Lafayette, Louisiana, and about 50 miles (80 km) west of Morgan City, Louisiana. Hurricane forecasters expect the hurricane to lose strength over the next few hours, getting downgraded back to a tropical storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a hurricane warning from Louisiana’s Intracoastal City to Grand Isle, meaning hurricane conditions are expected somewhere in that area over the next 36 hours or so.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Barry is expected to turn toward the north-northwest tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Sunday (July 14), NOAA said. The center of the storm is forecast to move through southern Louisiana today and central Louisiana tonight. Then on Sunday, it should be churning through northern Louisiana, NOAA forecasts. “A lot of rainfall still yet to come out in the Gulf of Mexico,” NOAA National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham said during a Facebook Live at 11 a.m. ET. The rainfall will then start to impact portions of Louisiana, including New Orleans, he said. Because of the high winds, there’s a chance of tornadoes spinning off Barry. “A few tornadoes are possible through tonight across the southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama,” according to NOAA’s forecast. Hurricane Katrina History and Numbers (Infographic) A History of Destruction: 8 Great Hurricanes 5 Things Hurricane Sandy Changed for Good Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndohear.comThese German hearing aids are going viralhear.comUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoFinance101What Are The Best States To Retire In?Finance101Undolast_img read more

Kejriwal announces indefinite hunger strike over statehood for Delhi demand from March

first_imgNew Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (file photo). SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT February 23, 2019 SHAREcenter_img Published on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that he will launch an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 to press the demand for full statehood to Delhi. Addressing the budget session of Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal stepped up his attack on the Centre and said the Delhi government is unable to perform its duties towards people of the city because it lacked power. “I will sit on an indefinite hunger strike for full statehood to Delhi from March. People have given us so much that even if we have to sacrifice our lives for them, it is immaterial,” Kejriwal told the House. He claimed the people of Delhi were facing “injustice and humiliation” since independence because the government elected by them lacked power to work for them. “The elected government of Delhi cannot give people justice, work for them and take up development works because it lacks power and the central government obstructs its functioning. Is the value of Delhi voters less than other states?” he questioned. He said the Centre has control over Delhi Police, municipal corporations and DDA, which is why people “were suffering due to high crime rate, in-sanitation and lack of development”. COMMENTS politicslast_img read more