Keyboarding Online already has a system in place to prevent most types of cheating. Students are not able to copy and paste text, drag and drop, or do anything that would allow them to cheat. In fact, students who attempt to copy and paste get an informative pop-up telling them not to use Copy and Paste and to avoid cheating. We have found this to be effective deterrent for over 99% of our users.
What we did find, however, is that there were some students that found a way to bypass these simple roadblocks by using standalone typing software, bots, or scripts. To combat this we created a few different algorithms that measure typing speed and cadence/rhythm and compare it between human typing and programs that do the typing automatically. We found that we could accurately detect this, but the only way to prevent it was to lock the student accounts and prevent further work.
At this point in time, when a student cheats by using a typing bot, we lock the student’s account and send them a message indicating that we caught them cheating. We let the students know that they can have their account unlocked only after speaking with their instructor. If a student tries to log back in, they will find it blocked and the message will continue to tell them they need to speak with their instructor.
After you notice the locked account, or when a student speaks with you, you can go into the Teacher Manager application and unlock the student by viewing their account and entering your password to unlock them. After unlocking them, they will be able to continue using the program.
Testing This Yourself
We highly encourage you to test this yourself and see what these programs are and how they work. We know that by experiencing these programs first-hand, you will be able to understand why students are locked, and exactly what the students experience when their account is locked. Because we do not create or vouch for these programs, we cannot link them here. You can Google “auto typer” or “typing bot” and download one of these programs and test it. Again, this is at your own risk, as we do not create these programs. We have tested several of them against our algorithm and found it to be 100% successful in detecting and locking student accounts.
Frequently Asked Questions
“The student’s scores looked good. There was nothing crazy like 150wpm. How do you know they cheated?”
“When did it occur?”
“What proof do you have?”
“My student swears they did not cheat.”
“What program/bot/script was the student using?”
“I need to report this to my institution for policy violations. Please give me more information.”
“What do I do? What are my next steps?”