On first glance, you might think that it would be easy to cheat on an online college course exam. You can have a friend take the exam for you, right? If you don’t know the answer to a question, you can Google it or phone a friend, correct? And even if you are prohibited from using a calculator during the exam, who is going to know?
Well, it isn’t easy to cheat on an exam for your online course – at least, not at StraighterLine. StraighterLine’s Student Online Identity Verification Program adds some powerful anti-cheating safeguards to all of our courses:
- An automated, telephone-based interactive voice response system that requires students to provide identifying information and a voice sample prior to taking an exam.
- A web-based proctoring service delivered by ProctorU.
- All written assignments are checked for plagiarism.
With these systems, StraighterLine meets or exceeds the standards used by most other providers of online college courses. In addition, StraighterLine has implemented security measures that are similar to those used by credit card companies; users must submit personal information to validate that they are actually present and taking tests.
Will these measures prevent all cheating at StraighterLine? We hope so. Even though some students are always going to look for ways to cheat, whether in the classroom or online, we are making a legitimate effort to prevent cheating.
We hope that our efforts will be viewed as what they are – measures to assure the best possible educational outcomes from all our courses. In the end, that can only benefit our students too.