Blackboard teamed up with Acxiom Identify-X to verify students in an online course:

Acxiom Identify-X
periodically and randomly presents challenge questions to students
before launching a course assessment. Questions are based only on
public information and institutions choose the courses and assessments
where identity verification is required. This fully hosted, Web-based
solution prompts a student to enter only their name and address.
Institutions set randomization and pass/fail thresholds, and
instructors receive notifications when student identity cannot be

That sort of fail-safe identification
system is a great way to enhance course integrity and we congratulate
Blackboard for taking that first, important step, to help encourage
student honesty.

Student activity has always been internally tracked by Blackboard, but now a leap into the future brings new resonance to “being who you are” in class and online.