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Identity Authentication Vs. Identification: Online Learning Identity Management

Don Kassner (ProctorU, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 2:45pm
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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45 Minutes
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The session will outline technical tools and procedural methods to authenticate the identity of students and to combat the growing fraud in distance education programs. 

Extended Abstract

Key distinctions this presentation will address are the differences between identity authentication and verification. Identity verification typically equates to logging in with LMS credentials. This is an insecure form of verification that can be defined as a single factor component that relies on seeing the same person consistently return.

The session will outline technical tools and procedural methods to authenticate the identity of students and to combat the growing fraud in distance education programs. Frictionless authentication aims to verify that the correct individual is participating by using a multi-factor approach, requiring something students have, something they are and something they know.

The session will also take a examine the rising tide of fraud being committed in the United States by analyzing current federal regulations and Department of Education Inspector General recommendations that have yet to be implemented.

Lead Presenter

Don Kassner is President and CEO of ProctorU.  Don founded ProctorU in 2008 to help colleges and universities serve the growing number of students learning online. ProctorU helps institutions ensure academic integrity and the quality and value of their courses and degrees by enabling them to securely identify and test students anywhere. With over 12 years of experience in higher education, Kassner has a deep understanding of the unique needs of distance education, having served as the former president of the online Andrew Jackson University from 2005 to 2010. Kassner also previously served on the faculty at San Jose State University where he taught economics.