By Denise Ogden
Biotechnology in online learning systems
With online learning becoming widespread, many
students have others doing their work for them;
there is a growing need for online universities to
find ways to authenticate student identity.
There is a need to know whether or not the
student enrolled is the one actually doing the
Biotechnology is needed to authenticate student
identity in online learning systems.
There has only been one research done on
this problem by a Ph. D. student, Pranab
Mohanty at the University of South Florida,
School of Engineering, in 2007. His study
focused on using a mantle in which either a
face recognition device, or a hand print
recognition device could be installed on online
systems to authenticate students.
Lead Thinkers: Government Officials
Researchers in the medical field already work
closely with government officials in developing
high tech biotechnology devices. Evidence of
biotechnology is seen in airports, some
intersections, and mostly in crime solving.
Apple and other software companies, that have
screen capabilities on their equipment, use
a form of biometric technology (although not to
the capacity identification).
Biometric technology has not been used for online
learning systems fully. It has been noted that
Blackboard uses some form of biometric technology,
but my investigation of this has not confirmed this yet.
One problem that is already seen by
invasion of privacy. If online universities use
biotechnology as opposed to having students use
passwords, will they be invading on students’ privacy?
Another problem with this development may be funds.
How much will it cost for universities to install a
biometric device on their learning platforms? Will the
costs outweigh the benefits?
development of device that is
conducive to an online platform learning
system; pilot test, applied research
Marketing, packaging, and distribution will
depend on the success of the product. In
addition, online learning universities will need
to determine the importance of
authenticating students’ identities.
Decision Process of
Biologists studied organisms and cells
Increase of understanding of organisms and
cells led to control of the their many functions
Examples include: fruit juice fermenting into
wine; milk changed to cheese, yeast cells into
bread, and gene slicing with DNA.
Culture of animal
Implanted biochips used as a tool to track
down lost people by satellite.
Chips used to determine effectiveness of
treatment for congestive hear failure
Chips injected under the skin of diabetic
patients to monitor sugar glucose in blood
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed
Pharmaceuticals companies to make drugs and
FDA approved genetically modified watermelons
Mining industry used bacteria to extract minerals
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used
bacteria to digest away pollutants.
Forensics use Fingerprint DNA
Cloning of animals is done by many
agricultural researchers; however, government
allows it to a certain extent (e.g. it can only be
done to improve the quality of animals or
humans not to create completely different
Using biotechnology in education for online
identification is an ethical issue; therefore
more empirical studies need to be done to
alleviate any dissonance.
Biology and Medical field by scientists and
Published in medical journals
Studied by biologists
Also used by agriculturalists
Used in criminal investigations
Studied in education
To educate or to make money?
Mohaunty, P. (2007).
Learning from biometric
distances: Performance and security related
issues in face recognition systems
dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest