Raúl Rivera, Founder & Executive Director
Over the years, online education has been gaining significant traction, specifically in developing countries, owing to its accessibility, flexibility, and affordability. Although there is a remarkable growth of e-learning in these regions, there are many limiting factors that are yet to be addressed. One of the prominent issues that universities and schools face is supervising during an online assessment. They are looking for ways to track student behaviours and patterns for evaluations as well as online evaluations. In this process, they invest a lot of time and money in bringing people to the testing location and coordinating an examination, which contradicts the nature of the online programs. Even though there are plenty of proctoring solutions available in the market, most of them are too expensive, unscalable, and their implementation is a nightmare. Besides, deploying a system for users in their native language for a certain geographic region is another hurdle that universities have to overcome.
Well, not anymore. SUMADITM by Laureate Education Inc., a promising online education solution provider, has come up with a high-quality, affordable, AI-powered remote proctoring platform, which allows education institutions to conduct online assessments for students anywhere in the world. “Our ultimate vision is to promote online education to every corner of the world. We use advanced technologies to develop robust proctoring and learning management systems in order to deliver most value at the cheapest cost,” states Raúl Rivera, Executive Director and Founder of SUMADITM.
Having been in the online education industry for a long time now in different countries, Rivera has understood the market challenges and needs effectively. With this experience and assistance from his highly-skilled team, he built a groundbreaking proven proctoring platform. Unlike other competitors with a strong footprint in developed countries, SUMADITM focuses mainly on emerging markets or underdeveloped countries. “Our modern cloud-based product is coupled with latest technology and other essential features, which is bundled into a package at a cost attractive price for the emerging markets,” says Rivera. The company also takes pride in itself for being able to comply with standards from the IMS Global Learning Consortium that allows universities to integrate SUMADITM into their existing in-house platform.
SUMADITM is a SaaS-based application that can be downloaded by education institutions in their native language on Mac and Windows operating systems. It can be accessed through a secure browser, which helps universities block certain applications, third-party cookies, and advertisements during an examination. They can also disable commands like copy-paste and screenshots to stop students from cheating.
How does it work?
Our ultimate vision is to promote online education to every corner of the world. We use advanced technologies to develop robust proctoring and learning management systems in order to deliver the most value at the cheapest cost
To address the supervising issue during an examination, the company uses AI-powered facial recognition technology to map each student’s facial features and create a digital profile. It allows universities and schools to scan students’ physical ID through a webcam for special registrations, authentications, and automated verifications. The platform is packed with several features such as automatic notifications, typing pattern recognition, supervisory reports, among other features. As SUMADITM is a multi-language and multi-institutional app, it allows non-native English speaking nations to access and use the application without any hassle. What makes SUMADITM second to none is its ability to send information, process them, and generate reports in real-time, allowing educational institutions to gain practical and immediate results. The company has also integrated their app with mobile devices that empowers administrators to monitor any unauthorized use of smartphones proactively and for a comprehensive room scan to deliver true test environment security.
Elaborating more on their value proposition, Rivera highlights a case scenario where SUMADITM helped Cambridge University conduct the online assessment. Cambridge University has a home-grown platform, and they were looking for a proctoring solution that can integrate with their existing systems. Their in-depth market research for proctoring solutions came to an end with SUMADITM. They preferred SUMADITM over others because of its quick turnaround times in terms of integration and power-packed features.
In another instance, an institution in Peru named UPC was about to renew their online courses’ accreditation. And they were seeking a proctoring solution. However, they had budget constraints and were concerned with the regulations. UPC identified SUMADITM as an opportunity and decided to deploy its application. Looking at the affordable cost and several beneficial features such as facial recognition, authentication, and validation, the university in Peru, decided to pursue SUMADI’s accreditation.
Having carved a niche in online education solutions in developing countries, SUMADITM is poised for a bright future. For the coming year, the company has several plans to strengthen its platform and its presence as the leading online education solution provider for emerging markets. Some of the key features that SUMADITM is adding to their existing proctoring technology includes audio & video profile detection and audio recording. The company has created fake voice profiles using AI that would allow them to identify if any authorized person speaking during an examination. “Our technology detects and records any suspicious changes in a student’s voice. It tracks the audio feed during an ongoing exam and alerts supervisors based on violations flagged by the AI,” explains Rivera. They also have plans to partner with the Zoom app for conducting strict proctored online exams and monitor several students’ live. All-in-all, as online learning reaches a broader market, education technologies like SUMADITM will play a significant role. With such unparalleled capabilities and affordability, SUMADITM is bound to reach greater heights.