The danger of passwords and PINs in online education

Biometrics technology isn’t just a more effective way of monitoring online exams, but a cost-saving solution for colleges and universities. Traditional passwords could become a thing of the past.

passwordsAuthentication of web-based exams is a foundational piece of online education’s legitimacy, as many in ed-tech would tell you, and passwords and personal identification numbers are falling short.

One in four online programs don’t address plagiarism or cheating, amazingly, and many that do deploy traditional password-centric approaches that have proven to fall short in curbing various kinds of academic dishonesty.

Cheating in online college classes, long a point of criticism for those skeptical of online education, is being addressed at more than 75 percent of institutions that have adopted academic integrity policies for those nontraditional courses, according to a report released by WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies.

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Cheating in online education has become an issue of legislative interest in recent years. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and subsequent rule making included a regulation requiring accrediting agencies to make sure colleges were verifying students’ identity.

What, exactly, goes beyond PINs and passwords? What can serve as a more reliable safeguard against schemes to cheat on web-based classes?

Biometrics is the answer for many colleges and universities on the leading edge of academic integrity policies. Instead of asking a student to punch in a series of letters and numbers, biometrics technology is reliant on a student’s gestures and writing patterns that cannot be duplicated by another person.

Biometrics Signature ID, a Texas-based company, is at the forefront of higher education’s shift to biometrics as a tool for fighting online course cheating.

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