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Authentication and Identity Verification in Online Courses

Presentation from the 2014 Mountain Moot discussing online course policies to prevent and mitigate cheating.

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Authentication and Identity Verification in Online Courses

  1. 1. What are we really talking about?
  2. 2. Security and Authenticity we’ll discuss tools, methods, tricks of the trade, best practices and other means of preventing cheating, catching cheating and maintaining order in online courses Most will be from experience, not everything will be currently employed in a production environment
  3. 3. How would you cheat? AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION TIME!
  4. 4. How would I cheat? Copy someone elses paper Get the test bank online Pay someone to take my course
  5. 5. Copy another paper “A Farewell to Arms was a story written by Ernest Hemingway and narrated about Lieutenant Fredrick Henry personal experiences in the Italian army. He uses a first person narration although he sometimes switches to the second person for some philosophical reflections. The narrative structure enables the reader to capture the plot setting of the story. By indicating the participation in World War 1 the reader are able to…”
  6. 6. Get the test bank
  7. 7. Pay someone to take my course For the most accurate price, simply e-mail your class syllabus to or call 1-855-438-4936 EXT 1 to speak with a sales representative.
  8. 8. So how do we prevent it? 1. Cheatability 2. Identity Verification 3. Authentication
  9. 9. Cheatability… Your course is susceptible (and how) cheatability quiz.
  10. 10. Honor Code continued… Site Terms and Conditions: Prior to assignment submission: Prior to quiz launch: 1. conditional: 2. mod:
  11. 11. Best Practices in Examinations ● Randomized test banks ● Non-publisher test banks ● Timed ● IP restricted? ● Lock-down Browser? ● 1 to 2-3 (higher the better) ratio questions asked to questions in the bank ● Proctored
  12. 12. ID verification For Quizzes/Exams
  13. 13. ID verifications non exams
  14. 14. ID verification Logs IP addresses
  15. 15. Authentication
  16. 16. Super Cool Ish
  17. 17. Super Cool Ish login-using-face-recognition/
  18. 18. Sources and Images Images: ● locks: ● honor code: