Algorithms need oversight to prevent abuse

Remote classes rely on remote testing, which is where algorithms come into play (“Accused of Cheating by an Algorithm, and a Professor She Had Never Met,” The New York Times, May 27). Companies that monitor test takers say their tools prevent cheating.

But do they?  Just because a test taker deviates slightly from the rules set forth does not necessarily mean that cheating was involved.  That happened to a student taking a remote biology exam.  She was flagged for looking down and away from the screen before answering questions.

I hope the charge against the student is dismissed because students act differently when taking tests.  Such behaviors should not be automatically be considered cheating.

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