Distance Learning and Cheating

  • Identity Fraud

Weve recently been approached by several higher learning institutions to help prevent distance learning cheating on exams. For years EVS has worked with online learning institutions, such as online traffic schools, to ensure the identity of the student. A quick Google search of my alma mater showed just how much more prevalent online classes are to the traditional brick and mortar institutions. As competitive as college can be, there seems to be a rash of distance learning cheating happening online today. The media has picked up on SAT/ACT cheating and books are being written about cheating rings, but everyday test taking is becoming a big problem. There are black markets for test-takers and institutions are looking to crack down.

If the only credentials for getting to a test are a username and password, the system is wide open. Some out-of-the-box platforms like Blackboard have some authentication built in, but mostly for secure communication. Multi-factor authentication is an easy overlay tool to keep students honest, but only to a certain point. Knowledge Based Authentication questions are an inexpensive and easily deployable method to ensure ONLY the student is logging in to take the exam. Who actually answers the questions is a completely different challenge, but a challenge were looking to take on.

[Contributed by Jeff Davis, President & CEO]