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UNISA IRIS Invigilation System



UNISA IRIS Invigilation System

UNISA IRIS Invigilation System.IRIS Invigilation (IRIS) is a software program that helps provide UNISA staff with assurance of assessment integrity during online and remote assessment. IRIS records audio, video, and computer screen activity for the duration of a test/exam, and it analyses this information using machine learning to automatically flag potential academic dishonesty.

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What is IRIS?

When IRIS is active, it will be recording a video of you captured through your computer’s webcam. It will also be recording sound from your computer’s microphone. Every few seconds, it will take a screenshot of whatever is showing on your computer screen.

How Does IRIS work?

To use IRIS, you’ll need the following necessary equipment:

  • Stable internet connection
  • Laptop or desktop (IRIS does not work on a phone or tablet)
  • External or built-in microphone (no headset required)
  • Web camera
  • Minimum computer specifications: 4GB RAM and Windows 7 64bit

How to install IRIS

  1. Use the latest version of Google Chrome to write your exam.
  2. Search for the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Navigate to Google Chrome Web Store.
  4. Search for IRIS and click on it in the results.
  5. Click on “Add to Chrome” and then “Add extension.”
  6. Pin IRIS to your taskbar by clicking on the Puzzle Piece Icon and then clicking on the pin.
  7. Start your preferred browser (Google Chrome).
  8. Navigate to the myExam platform.
  9. Log in with your myUNISA username and password.
  10. Click on your exam link and choose your exam module tab.
  11. Click on “Online Assessment” or “E-Assessment.”
  12. For online assessments, IRIS will pop up as soon as you have clicked on “Online Assessment.”
  13. For E-assessments (take-home exams), IRIS will pop up when you open the exam after you have clicked on “E-Assessment.”
  14. Follow the IRIS instructions carefully to start your exam and wait for IRIS upload when you are done.

When Does IRIS Pop-up?

  • For Online Assessments: IRIS pops up when you click on “Online Assessment.”
  • For E-Assessments: IRIS pops up when you open the exam.

CSET Exam Site

  • All CSET students have been added to an IRIS Practice Site.
  • Go to:
  • Click on “Log in” on the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • Use your myUNISA username and password to login.
  • Click on “Sites” on the top right-hand corner next to your name.
  • Click on “Exam Preparation October 2024.”
  • Read the information on the overview page.


This is what the IRIS Practice Site looks like. There is also a link where you can find IRIS training videos and a Yammer Discussion Group link.

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Cheating Flagged by More Than 1400 UNISA Students



Cheating Flagged by More Than 1400 UNISA Students

Cheating Flagged by More Than 1400 UNISA Students. The University of South Africa (Unisa), the country largest university, is currently investigating over 1,400 students for allegedly cheating in their online examinations. This follows the institution’s use of smart technology to detect academic dishonesty among its student body.

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Smart Technology Detects Dishonesty

Unisa’s Directorate for Student Assessments, led by Dominic Molokoena, has been employing invigilator applications to monitor student behavior during examinations. These applications, a form of proctoring tools, require students to connect to a smartphone, laptop, or desktop with a functional camera to ensure exam integrity.

Proctoring Tools Uphold Exam Integrity

Failure to use the prescribed proctoring tools or not preparing devices through a mock examination may result in withheld results for students. The invigilator applications allow the university to record students’ activities during examinations, including identifying instances of copying, plagiarizing, or discussing exam content.

Confirming Content Related Discussions

To ensure accuracy, the university seeks confirmation from lecturers regarding the nature of student discussions. While sitting near other students is permissible, discussing answers during exams is strictly prohibited.

Contextualizing Investigation Figures

Professor Solomon Magano clarifies that while the number of students under investigation may seem high, it is proportionate to Unisa’s enrollment size. The university’s enrollment figures contribute to the perception of widespread cheating, but the actual incidence is relatively low when considered in context.

Impact on Unisa Administration

Allegations of widespread cheating were among the reasons cited by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande for placing Unisa under administration. However, legal challenges from the university led to the withdrawal of the minister’s decision. Unisa’s legal department head, Vuyo Peach, indicates that if the courts reject the university’s review application, an administrator may be appointed to oversee its affairs.


Unisa proactive use of technology to maintain exam integrity reflects its commitment to upholding academic standards. The investigation into alleged cheating underscores the university’s dedication to fair and honest assessment practices.

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