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ERIC Number: EJ903458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 13
Student Identity and Authentication in Distance Education: A Primer for Distance Learning Administrators
Aceves, Patricia A.; Aceves, Robert I.
Continuing Higher Education Review, v73 p143-152 Fall 2009
Since the signing of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) in August 2008, providers of distance education courses and programs have been looking into procedures and technologies that will satisfy the accrediting agencies responsible for enforcing the law. Continuing education administrators are at the forefront because of the pervasiveness of distance learning in their programs. In order to make the most informed decisions and choose the most appropriate solutions for an institution, it is useful to understand the history of the legislation, and important to understand fully the issues associated with authentication. This article discusses the implications of the HEOA as it applies to continuing higher education administrators and distance education programs. The authors explain how the HEOA legislation was "the result of fraud committed by diploma-mill organizations and concerns by legislators about student cheating." They offer examples of current authentication systems, such as fingerprint scanning, iris scanning, speech recognition, handwriting recognition, and assorted "non-biometric authentication technologies" as well as timely advice from distance education administrators on considering "any new authentication and identity system."
Descriptors: Distance Education, Continuing Education, Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Identification, Deception, Electronic Learning, Accountability, Computer Security
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1965