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Providing Evidence of Academic Integrity and Student Authentication in Online Courses and Programs Matthew Prineas, UMUC Elizabeth Mulherrin, UMUC.

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1 Providing Evidence of Academic Integrity and Student Authentication in Online Courses and Programs Matthew Prineas, UMUC Elizabeth Mulherrin, UMUC

2 Some Common (Mis)perceptions Federal regulations require that institutions use authentication technology in online courses Online students are more likely to cheat Proctored final exams are the only real way to authenticate a students identity and assess their learning in online courses

3 Addressing Issues of Academic Integrity and Student Authentication: Where is your institution?

4 Define the Problem to Solve TechnologyCulture CurriculumRegulations Academic Integrity and Student Authentication

5 Overview of Issues Regulations -Higher Education Opportunity Act Technology -authentication tools-- biometrics, mouse/keyboard, challenge questions Culture -institutional roles and responsibilities, policies and resources Curriculum -approaches to teaching and practice

6 Authentication Options Low to High Impact Low -password/login Medium -proctored testing (traditional) High proctored testing (electronic/virtual) authentication technologies Factors to Consider Individual student responsibility, can be shared Expense, convenience Expense, privacy issues

7 Case Studies UMUC CCCO (Charter Oak) (Edukan) (Troy)

8 Resources WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) Publications Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education, Version 2.0 Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education, Version 2.0 Are Your Online Students Really the Ones Registered for the Course?: Student Authentication Requirements for Distance Education Providers Are Your Online Students Really the Ones Registered for the Course?: Student Authentication Requirements for Distance Education Providers Guidelines for the Review and Evaluation of Distance Education from the Regional Accrediting Commissions Guidelines for the Review and Evaluation of Distance Education from the Regional Accrediting Commissions

9 Questions and Discussion Matthew Prineas Elizabeth Mulherrin


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