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ERIC Number: ED536192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Are Your Online Students Really the Ones Registered for the Course? Student Authentication Requirements for Distance Education Providers. A WCET Briefing Paper
Much attention has been focused on the accountability, student learning outcomes, transfer of credit, and illegal file sharing provisions of the two related bills that have moved through the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to amend and extend the provisions of the 1965 Higher Education Act (S. 1642 and H.R. 4137). One of the provisions that appears in both versions should be of particular interest to institutions and programs that offer distance education. The proposed legislation requires "an institution that offers distance education to have processes through which the institution establishes that the student who registers in a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credit." WCET's (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies') Steering Committee, representing some of the country's leading online higher education institutions and programs, have prepared this briefing paper to inform its members about this impending development, solicit additional approaches and strategies for academic integrity, assist the WCET community in continuing to provide high quality online education, as well as contribute to the development of appropriate federal guidelines (if the legislation is adopted).
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1965