I noticed another article on cheating, or its prevention – “Keeping an Eye on Online Students.” This is a very interesting article, at least I thought so. I am on several committees at IUP where the issue of monitoring online testing always arises and usually leads to a …..shall we say, spirited debate between opponents of Distance Education and its supporters. The articles talks about:
- “The technologies include Web cameras that watch students taking tests and scanners that capture students’ fingerprints.”
It also references how the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is driving some of this. Having to more closely monitor distance education would drive up the cost and perhaps force universities to offer fewer classes or perhaps change the way they offered them or charged for them.