Episode 61

"Authentication and Online Learners"

Duration 00:13:47      Recorded on May 21, 2009

Susan and Dan respond to a question from a listener regarding authentication of online students.

Show Notes:

Susan and Dan respond to a question from a listener regarding authentication of online students.

Thanks to listener David White from Missouri State University, who asked about authentication in light of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. One of the clauses in the act requires institutions need to verify the identity of the students taking online courses. What does that need to look like? In researching the question, Susan and Dan found David Eubank's blog helpful. Look for the piece called FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) from March 2009. David unpacked the problem and reminded his readers that it is up to the accrediting agency to make sure the institutions it accredits have a process to authenticate their learners, and right now a password protected environment is sufficient.

Has anyone heard from their accreditors? So the practical question is about what we do on a day to day basis?? Break assignments into smaller pieces? Get to know the student work so you can determine a change in writing or performance.

What about testing?? Writing the test knowing that students might look up resources. Making questions application and not just facts? Proctoring (What about the military or those who are overseas?)

Dan shares his business situation and a high stakes situation. If you don't pass the test, you cannot purchase the franchise.

The two end with a conversation of how to approach a student who submits work that is inconsistent with prior performance.

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The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


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Susan Manning
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Dan Balzer
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