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The Office of Instructional Technology (OIT)

Assessment Authentication

The impact of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 on distance education was initially tied to the issue of integrity of assessment in distance education. While various institutions in Higher Education retain this focus, some institutions and the Department of Education Inspector General (IG) have shifted focus to the financial implications of the act. Specifically, according to the IG, in 2012 alone, $829 million in Pell grants were improper payments to individuals or fraud rings.  Student identification plays a key role in resolving both integrity and fraud issues, by answering who is in the course; however, it does not identify who is taking the assessments.  Thus enters the assessment authentication processes, which include proctor technologies. 

Question for consideration:  Does student identification processes at login meet the intent of the law (integrity and fraud prevention), or do we need both technologies or some other alternative?

The Center for Extended Learning is currently spearheading a review of current proctor and student identifications systems to address integrity and fraud issues in our online program. All parties involved in student admission, registration, and course enrollment have been invited to participate in this landmark effort to ensure the integrity of our online programs.  To find out more, contact Dr. Kris Warmoth, Dean, Center for Extended Learning.

Below are current technologies under review: 

Tegrity Remote Proctoring

ProctorU

ProctorFree

Respondus Monitor

Kyterion

Software Secure RP NOW

ACXIOM