Online college courses have risen in popularity due to the flexibility they allow, but they also bring increased potential for cheating. Technology is available, that, according to D. Frank Smith of EdTech, verifies a student’s identity with “something that cannot be shared — their bodies.” With biometrics, a student’s identity can be authenticated using unique body identifiers. Recently, companies like Apple and Samsung have included a key biometric feature, fingerprint scanner technology, to iPhone S5 and Galaxy S5, bringing biometric technology mainstream.
Smith states that Biometric Signature ID, a Lewisville, TX, company “has found some success in higher education through its eponymous handwriting and gesture-based security program.” The technology creates a profile for each student based on how they write, sign, or gesture with a pen or mouse. This along with a series of personalized clicks on an image authenticates a student’s identity.