AC Privacy Web cam watches students taking tests online

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Web cam watches students taking  tests online  Educators look to curb cheating; gadget records  360-degree video, audio By Justin Pope  The Associated Press Updated: 4:23 p.m. ET June 19, 2007 The number of college students taking courses online  is surging, creating a tough dilemma for educators who  want to prevent cheating. Do you trust students to take an exam on their own  computer from home or work, even though it may be  easy to sneak a peek at the textbook? Or do you force  them to trek to a proctored test center, detracting from  the convenience that drew them to online classes in the  first place?
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The dilemma is one reason many online programs do  little testing at all. But some new technology that places  a camera inside students' homes may be the way of the  future — as long as students don't find it too creepy. This fall, Troy University in Alabama will begin rolling  out the new camera technology for many of its  approximately 11,000 online students, about a third of  whom are at U.S. military installations around the world. The device, made by Cambridge, Mass.-based  Software Secure, is similar in many respects to other  test-taking software. It locks down a computer while the  test is being taken, preventing students from searching  files or the Internet. The latest version also includes  fingerprint authentication, to help ensure the person  taking the test isn't a ringer.
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But the new development is a small Web cam and  microphone that is set up where a student takes the  exam. The camera points into a reflective ball, which 
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