Safeguard Your Online Programs with Student Authentication

Academic integrity is a complex issue that has significant repercussions on the reputation of an institution. While traditional classroom settings also grapple with issues of academic integrity, maintaining academic integrity in online courses and programs presents unique challenges. But like most problems in higher education, there’s no silver bullet that works across colleges and universities of varying campus cultures, student populations and assessment practices.

However, help is available. In 2008, WCET established the Academic Integrity and Student Authentication study group to create a body of expertise and shared knowledge about strategies, resources and good practices to promote the academic integrity of online education. In this webinar, Dr. Luke Dowden, director of the Office of Distance Learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Mollie McGill, deputy director of Programs and Membership at WCET; and Matthew Prineas, assistant dean for communication, arts and humanities at University of Maryland University College, all active members of the study group, will discuss:

  • Why academic integrity is complex
  • The definition of academic dishonesty, and if it is the same as fraud
  • Authentication and how it relates to academic integrity
  • Trends in promoting secure assessments
  • How to support both students and faculty

About the Presenters

Dr. Luke Dowden

Dr. Luke Dowden is the director of distance learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As the inaugural director of this office, Dr. Dowden led the creation and adoption of distance learning policies that support quality course development, program growth, faculty professional development and innovation as well as student success. As executive director of the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana (CALL), Dr. Dowden leads a consortium of 11 public member institutions, which provide 29 online accelerated degree programs. Previously, he served as dean of accelerated learning at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana.

Mollie McGillMollie McGill serves as deputy director of programs and membership at WCET, where she assists with the overall management of member services and communications that inform the e-learning community of relevant policy, practices and developments. From 2009 to 2010, she worked with the WICHE Policy Analysis Unit on the Statewide Articulation and Transfer project to specifically study state transfer Web portals. Ms. McGill spent nearly 20 years working for WICHE in the early part of her career and, among other accomplishments, was instrumental in founding WCET in 1989. Most recently, she directed learning innovations and technology initiatives for the University of Colorado System and served in leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects.

Dr. Matthew PrineasDr. Matthew Prineas is the assistant dean for communication, arts and humanities at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), leading an academic department with more than 28,000 annual enrollments and six fully online degree programs. He also has served as assistant provost and as an administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities, where he coordinated curriculum development for EDSITEment, an online resource for K-12 teachers across the country.