- Federal law requires that schools eligible to receive federal student aid money take certain steps to prevent academic fraud, and evolving online courses, including MOOCs, are making that task more complex.
- David Richardson, CEO at at the company Learning House, which helps schools put online degree programs together, expects existing standards to get even more demanding in the coming years.
- Examples of steps that colleges are currently taking include webcam monitoring in the University of North Carolina system, personal detail questions to ensure user identities at Excelsior College and keystroke analysis at Pace University.
From the article:
... Many schools combine tools. Athens State University in Alabama, which serves mostly working adults, requires faculty in its 11 online degree programs to use challenge questions for at least two exams in each course. It also uses a remote proctor and a browser that prevents students taking an online test from searching the Internet for answers. ...