I realize there is a concern for securing online assessments and verifying student identity in online courses, especially with anticipated changes accrediting agencies may propose, but why is everyone panicked?
My 3 tiered approach extends well beyond the current expectations of the 2008 HEOA.
TIER 1: Authentication (As required by HEOA).
TIER 2: Assessment Manipulation (Timing tests, randomizing questions, etc. These are good deterrents, but are not full-proof.)
TIER 3: Identity verification using Secure Key ID (A new application that is free to educational institutions and only $49.00 per semester for students.) securekeyid.com
Why the panic?
Require students to authenticate, manipulate assessment features to deter cheating, and verify who they are.
Again, my question is why the panic?
Director of E-Learning
Why the panic? I think that is a reasonable question, and one that can be, I believe, answered with a simple look at the essential newness that is the field of Internet-based education. While distance education has been around since the early 19th century, online education is basically still in it infancy. So, there are still a number of individuals in the education system who have a few trepidations when it comes the authentication of students in online degree program..
Now, my feelings towards this is that this, like so many other issues with "newer" methods of technology it will eventually be solved - possibly with programs and software such as the one you provided.
Excellent comment and question!
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