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ERIC Number: EJ857674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
New Systems Keep a Close Eye on Online Students
Foster, Andrea
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n7 p45-47 Mar 2009
Tucked away in a 1,200-page bill now in Congress is a small paragraph that could lead distance-education institutions to require spy cameras in their students' homes. It sounds Orwellian, but the paragraph--part of legislation renewing the Higher Education Act--is all but assured of becoming law. No one in Congress objects to it. The paragraph is actually about clamping down on cheating. It says that an institution that offers an online program must prove that an enrolled student is the same person who does the work. The language is spurring some colleges to try technologies that authenticate online test takers by reading their fingerprints, watching them via web cameras, or recording their keystrokes. Some colleges claim there are advantages for students: The devices allow them to take tests anytime, anywhere. Many students must now travel to distant locations so a proctor can watch them take exams on paper. Some college officials are wary of the technologies, noting that they are run by third-party vendors that may not safeguard students' privacy. Among the information vendors collect are students' fingerprints, and possibly even images from inside their homes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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