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We teach an online course in Data analytics and R programming and we use the Respondus Lockdown browser to Monitor tests. On a recent exam, a student had two answers to questions that appeared in boxes (attachments) and a completely different font than I have observed in every single other exam I've viewed in more than 3 years of online exam taking. It appears to me to be a direct copy and paste although I'm unsure how they would do that using the lockdown browser. I have a couple of possible avenues but in the resulting video, there is substantial evidence for the student having additional material they are looking at to the side of the computer.
Clearly it is possible to copy and paste in Respondus lockdown browser
I am a graduate student, and I have just been introduced to this system. I also have been an assistant for many online classes in which I had problems with various forms of academic dishonesty. Students can be creative in the ways that they cheat, and many are more tech savvy than even many of us that grew up with computers. I am not sure how to respond to the particular case, but I also think that there must be workarounds for this system for those that must cheat simply because that is the only way they have ever done it (hopefully a small minority of students). There are a few possibilities here that I can think of off the cuff. Students may have access to the test material before the exam, and have been able to prepare materials in advance that they may be able to copy and paste without opening any of the blocked features. Another possibility is running a virtual system in the background which they are able to use to bypass the functions disallowed by the system. I'm not sure if the software has the ability to prevent this.

In my experience text changes or weird formatting tends to indicate cut and paste. Sometimes this is not a problem, because the cut and paste material is genuine work from the student. Still, I take such as an indicator to dig a little further, and often these font/formatting changes do lead to a discovery of some form of cheating.

Respondus is a step forward to prevent this type of behavior, but the most dedicated cheaters are likely to be able to find workarounds. The problem from our side is as it always has been: proving it or having the time and resources to prove it.
Found this from Rutger's online page, hope it helps:

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, visit other websites, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitted for grading. Quizzes created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers.

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