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Some exams require an additional level of identity verification before a student can begin them. This stems from requirements outlined by The United States Department of Education has as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act that requires the institutions for which they are accrediting have mechanisms in place to authenticate student identity. This more intensive identity verification is usually managed by a third party partner.

LearningStudio provides a framework that supports seamless integration for this functionality before an exam begins. Third parties that offer ID verification can use this framework to accept an outbound single sign-on from LearningStudio, do the verification, and then use an inbound single sign-on to the LearningStudio exam.

The whole integration has multiple integration points:

Step Required?
Ability For An Instructor To Select Which Exams Should Leverage Identity Verification Yes
User Registration No
Exam Interrupt Routing Students To Third Party Site To Verify Identity Yes
Inbound Request For Processing Student Identity Verification Results Yes
Student Exam Completed Event Notification No

When The Exam Interrupt Framework Is The Most Useful

There are two integration types that primarily leverage the identity verification framework. A summary of each type is below which you can use in determining if the framework would be a good candidate for integrating your application with the LearningStudio system:

Student identity verification and registration prior to accessing an activated course exam.

For this scenario, a student could be prompted to complete a matching typing pattern, complete an electronic signature matching their user profile, answer security questions or any number of methods an integrated solution may provide. Using the the exam interrupt framework provides a hook in these types of externally hosted applications and them be integrated in to a student’s normal experience when accessing a course exam.

Online exam proctoring.

Integrations which allow for online proctoring through the use of a user’s web cam in combination with an application monitoring their actions while completing the exam can be facilitated using this framework as well. The exam interrupt is used to initiate the proctoring session (as well as download any plug-ins) and then redirect the user to the given course exam while monitoring is enabled.

Typical Workflow

A typical workflow for integrations leveraging the exam interrupt framework detailed below:

  1. Instructor places a link in their course which when clicked, launches the exam selection interface to select which course exams should use ID verification.
  2. Instructor places the user registration link within their course.
    • Only required for identity verification integrations. If no registration is required, an integrated partner can skip this step.
  3. Students click the registration link and are redirected to the third party partner’s system to create an account and register their identity.
  4. Student accesses an exam from the course content menu for which ID verification is turned on. Before seeing the exam, they are redirected to the third party partner.
  5. Results of the student’s identity is passed back to LearningStudio (pass or fail results) as well as any message details to display to the user if applicable.
    • If the student fails verifying their identity, a “fail” message is passed back to the LearningStudio system. If gating has been enabled on the campus, the student will be blocked from accessing the corresponding course exam and will be displayed the corresponding message returned from the identity provider system.
  6. If the student successfully verifies their identity within the external system, or exam gating is disabled on the corresponding campus, the student will be redirected their course exam in order to begin the take process.
  7. Reporting results of identity verification results are handled by the identity verification provider. Access to the external reports from within the course can be provided through another outbound SSO link (depending on how the third party’s system is set up.)
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