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Conference Presentations 2021

New improvement on remote proctoring uses privacy sparring “Face Anonymization”.

Why Central Texas College is using this unique technology to catch cheaters and avoid student complaints.

Presenter: Dr. Angela Reese DBA, Professor/Online Manager, Central Texas College

Co-Presenter: Jeff Maynard BSc, CEO – Biometric Signature ID™

Video Synopsis (click to view)

Remote proctoring has found a place in preventing students from exam cheating when taking online courses. Using a web cam they record document ID, ask for a 360 of the test room, take over the students PC, record audio, take pictures of the face, have students download software to use a single secure browser, record the entire session and some even interrupt the student with live proctors. This level of invasiveness has students pushing back against these privacy violations and newfound racial/gender bias. This has created much bad will with over 250,000 students signing “Stop Use Petitions” in Change.org in over 200 colleges. Some students are even suing their schools while privacy groups are threatening to sue and a Senate investigation about business practices has started.

It should be simpler to achieve the same results without collecting all this invasive data. It is also important to consider student retention and consequences of imposing these severe privacy issues if alternatives exist. Central Texas College took part in a pilot to assess the utility of BioSight-ID™ – a new exam monitoring system that blurs student faces when recording them during exams. Presentation will talk about the issues with current technologies and share CTC’s positive results with the use of BioSight-ID for exam monitoring

Catching contract cheating and financial aid fraud

What to look for, and why is identity authentication the key ingredient in preventing cheating?

Presenter: Jeff Maynard BSc, Founder/CEO – Biometric Signature ID™

Co-Presenter: John Pugh BSc, Director and Lead- FSA Fraud Early Warning System

Video Synopsis (click to view)

Contract cheating is now over a $1B industry. Ring leaders creating fake students are stealing what could be billions of taxpayers’ money given out in financial student aid. Why is identity authentication the key ingredient in stopping this activity?

Come see actual examples of how BioSig-ID™ forensics and AI catches contract cheaters. Hear what the Office of Inspector General says you need to do to stop this fraud. Listen to what BSI™ is doing to help its clients save money and prevent cheating. The evolving FSA Fraud Early Warning System from BSI™ will analyze numerous data sources and create a risk score so clients can reduce FSA payments and save money.

Public and private initiatives for: stronger colleges and universities,

increasing funds available to students, re-skilling and up-skilling workforce, protecting investments in education from cyber-attack and fraud in a post-COVID environment

Presenter: Tan Parker, Texas House Representative, Higher Education Committee.

Co-Presenter: John Pugh BSc, Director and Lead- FSA Fraud Early Warning System

Video Synopsis (click to view)

Texas, like the nation, is rebuilding an economy devastated by the COVID 19 pandemic. Unemployment in Texas has nearly doubled since the pandemic began, and over three and a half million Texans have filed for unemployment insurance. Texas businesses have also been hit hard and many are facing a challenging road ahead. Now more than ever, Texans seeking work will require the skills needed by employers in a rapidly changing economy. Providing 92 percent of the career and technical education credentials in Texas, community colleges are a true skills contributor, and in the best position to re-skill and up-skill Texans in need of good-paying jobs. The Texas re-skilling and pskilling through Education workforce initiative ('TRUE') aims to accelerate Texans getting back to work at low cost to the students. Colleges, working within their communities, will deliver needed skills and build high demand career pathways and credentials. Together with business and industry partners, the community colleges will bolster this talent pipeline strategy by expanding short-term education and training opportunities. Community colleges drive the state towards its 60 by 30 Texas goals while enriching the local communities they serve, educating students who largely stay and work within 50 miles of the institution they attend. The true initiative builds community college's capacity to provide training that meets regional and local labor market demands. The TRUE initiative is the state's engine for a stronger Texas economy.