Educational Technology

January 18, 2013

Online course host Coursera to ID students using typing style

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Sunanda Creagh, Phys Org

“This new option, called Signature Track, is available on a course-by-course basis and aims to verify the identity of the students doing the work. Though it does not include credit toward a degree program, Signature Track provides students with a more meaningful certificate that proves their success in a rigorous online university course,” the firm said. Verifying student identity aims to stop cheating by ensuring that the person doing a test behind a computer is who they say they are. Coursera said five courses will be part of the pilot, in which students will verify their identity by: Taking two photographs with their web cam: one of themselves and another of an acceptable photo ID document. Creating a biometric profile of their unique typing patterns by typing a short phrase.

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