E-Learner Authentication

Barry Dahl, Desire2Blog, Nov 08, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If you want to read about the incursion of totalitarianism into learning, you will want to read about 'The Device': "The device includes a camera, microphone, and biometric reader (finger scan), the device software evaluates input and compares to a pre-set threshold for sound and movement, excessive movement or noise activates the camera and microphone." The shiny sphere looks oh so cool, and at just $115 (paid by the student, of course) a pop, it brings you into the world of 1984 faster than you can say 2+2=5. Of course, as Barry Dahl says, "if someone is committed to cheating, then even the sledgehammer approach of THE DEVICE probably won't stop them."
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