What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids
Universities are digitally spying on students to make sure they don’t cheat on online tests. A whole generation could be learning to tolerate surveillance.
“The rise of proctoring software is a symptom of a deeper mistake, one that we keep making in the internet age: using tech to manage a problem that is fundamentally economic.”
’s succinct reflection on AI proctoring & surveillance gets at a core problem of solutionism: appealing to values that should protect us, namely, ethics and privacy, can trivialize significant harms & obscure the real basis of problems.
Schools are training students to accept (literally) Orwellian surveillance as normal in order to prevent cheating:
has explained, you can design assessment to remove incentives to cheat
wouldn't that be better?
'"Exciting possibilities, right? But this sort of work is “much harder to grade,” Watters says...' I aim to make student annotations as easy to grade as is possible without reductive, mechanical, or invasive tactics. Authentic voices still ring true.