Profile Based Student Authentication in Online Examination

Abrar Ullah, Hannan Xiao, Mariana Lilley

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Online examination is an increasingly important component of online courses, and student authentication is widely seen as one of the major concerns for online examinations. In the online examination scenario, face-to-face supervision is absent, and students may attempt to use third party to increase their score. The paper aims to investigate authentication challenges to online examinations, review benefits and constraints of existing authentication traits, and discuss alternative techniques. We propose the use of profile based authentication framework (PBAF) together with user-id and password for the authentication of students during online examinations. The proposed solution utilizes profile based challenge questions and user-id and password, which is verified by development of PBAF in a virtual learning environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInt Conf on Information Society (i-Society 2012)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages109 - 113
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-0838-0
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Authentication
  • challenge questions
  • e-learning
  • profile
  • online examination


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