Paying for Proof

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, Jan 09, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Coursera has announced a system for verifying identities and paying for credentials for completing open online courses, according to reports from the Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed. See also: TechCrunch, Steve Krause. The verification system will involve having the student send a webcam photo of his or her identity document; there was also some discussion of typing style recognition. In my view, automated authentication will not work unless it is in the student's interest to maintain the integrity of the system (the way it it, for example, with one's bank card or credit card).

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