Moodle Gets Student Verification Capabilities

Moodlerooms and Acxiom Risk Mitigation have teamed up to deliver a new solution to help verify student identities in higher education distance learning using Moodle, the popular open source learning management system.

The solution is built around Acxiom's FactCheck-X Authenticate identity management system, which is being integrated into the Moodle learning environment by Moodlerooms, a Moodle service provider. (Moodlerooms also provides integration, customization, and course conversion services.) FactCheck-X uses a "non-intrusive" method to verify that he student using Moodle is the student who's supposed to be enrolled in a given course using "verification questions that only the student enrolled in the course is able to answer." There's no additional hardware required to use the system, and verification is handled through the student's Web browser.

One higher education institution testing the new student authentication solution is Casper College in Casper, WY.

"Colleges and universities have been struggling with the issue of student testing verification as technology has advanced," said Lois Davis, dean of educational resources at Casper College, in a statement released this week. "Colleges with distance learning programs are looking for an affordable solution to meet the authentication mandate."

According to Acxiom's Michael Jortberg, "We can ensure colleges and universities can improve online academic integrity as well as meet the authentication requirements. This online student verification system does not require a broadband connection or any enrollment process, so online institutions can immediately begin using the solution."

Further information about the system can be found here.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director, education for 1105 Media's Public Sector Media Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal. A 22-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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