Student Authentication for Online Courses

by Marty Crossland on October 7, 2009

The recent Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) has made it mandatory that we be able to verify that the correct person is actually taking an online exam or other high-stakes assessment. The legislation language indicates that an institution must verify students’ identity by using at least one of the following:

  1. secure login and pass code
  2. proctored exams
  3. identification technologies

Regardless of which of these an institution pursues, there are some guidelines that may help with decision-making.

This blog article gives a good overview of how the online education sector is addressing these needs. It also provides a useful conversation point for a broader discussion of concerns of academic integrity that are not addressed by the legislation. It’s worth reading.

An Update on Student Authentication and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

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