Identity Verification for Distance-Ed Students: FUD Lingers

Steven L. Worona, EDUCAUSE Connect, Oct 15, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Writers at EDUCAUSE are still working to dispell the FUD from a classic Chronicle scare-mongering article from last July. In it, the author suggested that new regulations would require distance students to have spy cameras in their homes, to verify identity. In actuality, 'for now, ID's and passwords are all that's needed, with the requirement that they be used each time a student does online work. This isn't rocket science; it's barely computer science." The Chronicle, meanwhile, moves on, offering today a scare story about out-of-date 'smart classrooms'.
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