Friday, October 23, 2015

How Software Helps Keep Online Learners Honest - Beth Porter, TechCrunch

People often express worry that the relative anonymity of online learning environments and the disconnected nature of being in a MOOC (massive online open course) leads to more opportunities for academic dishonesty and outright cheating. However, emerging and improving technologies may prove to offer more — not less — protection from would-be cheaters. All online learning environments collect data — copious amounts — about their learners, and software is especially good at revealing patterns that may signal that cheating is happening. Knowing that you might get caught can be a powerful deterrent. Likewise, several new technologies seek to prevent cheating from the outset. These include virtual proctoring, identity verification and problem randomization — all of which we explore in this article. http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/15/how-software-helps-keep-online-learners-honest/

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