“Colleges are ramping up strategies to ensure that the student who gets the grade for taking an online course is the same person who does the homework and completes the exams.
The impetus is a federal law, passed in 2008, requiring colleges that are eligible for federal student aid for online programs to take steps to discourage financial aid and academic fraud. Federal regulations require students to have secure log-ins and passwords for online course offerings, but industry experts expect more stringent standards to come.”
This requirement is also a hedge against students who might look for help from Web-based companies such as BoostMyGrades.com and Noneedtostudy.com, which offer to take online classes for a fee.
Plans to use webcams, keystrokes analysis and personal details are currently used.