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We are in the process of offering some online courses. We see that one of the requirements is to have in place effective procedures through which to ensure that the student registering for the course is the same student who participates in and completes the course and receives academic procedures. My question is, what procedures or technologies do you use to meet this requirement at your institution.
 
Sali
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HI Sali,

There is a general understanding and acceptance that if students access the course(s) through the LMS, using a college issued ID and password, that that is sufficient to meet the federal requirements.

Ellen

Ellen Marie Murphy
Director of Online Curriculum
SUNY Empire State College
113 West Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-587-2100 Ext: 2961
twitter: ellen_marie

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To: BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
From: Sali Kaceli
Sent by: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv
Date: 02/20/2012 06:14PM
Subject: [BLEND-ONLINE] Integrity of online offerings

We are in the process of offering some online courses. We see that one of the requirements is to have in place effective procedures through which to ensure that the student registering for the course is the same student who participates in and completes the course and receives academic procedures. My question is, what procedures or technologies do you use to meet this requirement at your institution.
 
Sali
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While this is still true as accrediting agencies and institutions try to catch up with the technologies and practices afforded by them (such as having your smart friend take your exams for you knowing no one verifies who's really entering your school ID and password then all the answers), there is much work in this area by many innovative companies creating student authenticating technologies and organizations focused on quality online learning. I'd suggest you look first to the work of WCET at:
Also a quick google search on student verification will yield some great slideshare presentations and whitepapers. 

I think it's safe to say there will soon be some heavy regulation in this area real soon (if Arnie Duncan gets his way.) 


Susan 


HI Susan,

Thanks for the link. Probably the federal government will try to more strictly enforce their policies, but I think that most institutions are already implementing a number of procedures that include the items outlined on the documents linked on the wcet site. I imagine there may be some sort of push to use cameras at some point in the future, but many if not most of our students are adult learners who often access their coursework at work, or at home after their kids are in bed. I'm wondering how requiring a video monitor might impact distance learning? We may get to the point where the computer will read your iris, or your fingerprints, but I'm not sure how most people would feel about that either. Perhaps we will simply be put out of business. It might simply be safer to get your learning through OpenCourseWare, for a lot less cost, and then go for Recognition of Prior Learning (which is a lot less expensive). Just a thought.

Perhaps if we go to Open ID and all of our accounts are linked, then people will be much more reluctant to give away their login Id and password to someone.  And, I think most people would be reluctant to login  and then just leave their "helper/cheater" unmonitored with access to most of their accounts. While young people might, I highly doubt adults would.  Just more thoughts.

Sadly, many schools rely heavily on publisher content and that content is hosted on the publisher's site, not the school's. Yes, students access it through the LMS, but the work is done on a server that is not monitored by the school. At the very least, we can see the IP address of the student doing the work.

btw: who monitors the professor? I have actually known cases where the professor had their lover or friend go into their course to "help out". Would that violate FERPA? Would it violate trust? Thoughts?

Lots to think about as we ponder the future of distance learning.


Ellen

Ellen Marie Murphy
Director of Online Curriculum
SUNY Empire State College
113 West Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-587-2100 Ext: 2961
twitter: ellen_marie

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To: BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
From: Susan Gautsch
Sent by: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv
Date: 02/20/2012 07:21PM
Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Integrity of online offerings

While this is still true as accrediting agencies and institutions try to catch up with the technologies and practices afforded by them (such as having your smart friend take your exams for you knowing no one verifies who's really entering your school ID and password then all the answers), there is much work in this area by many innovative companies creating student authenticating technologies and organizations focused on quality online learning. I'd suggest you look first to the work of WCET at:
Also a quick google search on student verification will yield some great slideshare presentations and whitepapers. 

I think it's safe to say there will soon be some heavy regulation in this area real soon (if Arnie Duncan gets his way.) 


Susan 


yes, indeedo. 
OpenCourseWare, Digital Badges for recognition of prior learning, OpenID, MOOCs, and big-name institutions putting an "X" on the end of their name... I think you're on to something...  we may simply be put out of business. 

Thanks for your musings. 
Susan


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