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