A1 Journal article (refereed)
Developing E-Authentication for E-Assessment : Diversity of Students Testing the System in Higher Education (2020)

Uotinen, S., Ladonlahti, T., & Laamanen, M. (2020). Developing E-Authentication for E-Assessment : Diversity of Students Testing the System in Higher Education. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 23(2), 99-115. https://doi.org/10.2478/eurodl-2020-0013

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All authors or editors: Uotinen, Sanna; Ladonlahti, Tarja; Laamanen, Merja

Journal or series: European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

eISSN: 1027-5207

Publication year: 2020

Publication date: 01/01/2021

Volume: 23

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 99-115

Publisher: Sciendo

Publication country: Poland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/eurodl-2020-0013

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73639


E-authentication is one of the key topics in the field of online education and e-assessment. This study was aimed at investigating the user experiences of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) while developing the accessible e-authentication system for higher education institutions. Altogether, 15 students tested the system (including instruments for face recognition, voice recognition, keystroke dynamics, text style analysis and anti-plagiarism), developed as part of the TeSLA project. Students also completed pre-questionnaires and postquestionnaires and attended individual interviews. The findings reveal positive expectations and experiences of e-authentication. Students believed that the e-authentication system increased trust and, thus, diversified their possibilities for studying online. Students found some challenges and emphasized that the e-authentication system should be reliable and easy to use. The possibility to use different kinds of instruments was perceived as an important feature. Students’ willingness to use these instruments and share their personal data for e-authentication varied due to their disabilities or individual preferences. The results suggest that students should have options for what kind of e-authentication they use.

Keywords: electronic identification; higher education (teaching); online teaching; online learning; accessibility; user experience; learners with special needs

Free keywords: e-authentication; e-assessment; special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); higher education; accessibility; TeSLA system

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Reporting Year: 2020

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