Monday, 3 June 2013

How to prevent cheating in MOOCs?

Scepticism about the transformative powers of MOOCs typically focus on two issues: their low graduation rate and the ease of cheating.

If MOOCs are to be offered for college credits, if certificates of completion are to be of any real value, cheating is an issue that needs to be addressed.

While Coursera is identifying its Signature Track students with their keystroke pattern, ProctorU is offering the webcam version of traditional low-tech proctoring:

An obvious way of cheating that isn’t addressed in the video above is the possibility for a user to register twice in the same MOOC to try out the exam with a different username, before the proctored session.

As usual with MOOCs, things aren’t perfect... but let’s keep in mind that the traditional alternative isn’t either!

Short of requiring online students to sit their finals in exam centers (a solution envisaged by Udacity and Pearson VUE), how would you go about preventing cheating in MOOCs?

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