With thousands of miles and computer screens separating some massive open online course (MOOC) students from their instructors, it’s not always easy to tell if students are who they say they are.

[caption id="attachment_58725" align="alignleft" width="150"]students-webcams edX will experiment with webcam monitoring.[/caption]

When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and edX roll out new MOOC completion certificates to accompany more involved and time consuming courses next fall, they want to make sure students who are receiving certificates are the ones who did all the work – and they’re looking toward webcams...

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