Spy Cameras for Distance-Learning Students?

According to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, distance education students may be in for an ‘invasive’ awakening. A small portion of a 1,200-page Higher Education Act suggests that distance education providers must require spy cameras in students’ homes.

Though the bill has not been voted on by Congress yet, few strong objections have been voiced. In order to maintain the advantages of online education (taking classes anytime, anywhere), the bill outlines measures to decrease cheating. Some colleges have already embraced these efforts by reading students’ fingerprints, installing Web cameras or recording keystrokes.

The proposed bill will certainly raise concerns regarding individual freedom versus institutions’ ability to discourage and prevent cheating. We’d love to hear (read) your thoughts in the comment section below!