Indianapolis, IN – May 7, 2009 – ANGEL Learning, a leading provider of enterprise eLearning software and services, today announced that it has partnered with Acxiom® Corporation (NASDAQ: ACXM), a global leader in interactive marketing services, to enable postsecondary institutions to verify the identity of students in online courses.
Higher education institutions will be able to deploy a student identity solution in the ANGEL Learning Management Suite (LMS) with no intrusion into the learning process. Acxiom poses identifying challenge questions to online students to verify their identity.
“Online education providers are adopting this technology because it increases the integrity of their online education programs and reduces student costs of traveling to testing facilities to show picture identification,” said Michael Jortberg, who leads Acxiom’s higher education practice. “This effort is part of Acxiom’s global identity initiatives as a champion of consumer privacy and online integrity and safety. We look forward to working with ANGEL Learning customers in this important initiative."
“The flexibility of Acxiom’s verification solutions allows institutions to determine when, where, and how frequently students authenticate,” said Ray Henderson, chief products officer, ANGEL Learning. “ANGEL Learning is pleased to partner with an industry leader and to provide the ANGEL community this flexible option for addressing student identity verification requirements.”
“We look forward to being the first institution to use the combined ANGEL/Acxiom solution,” said Dr. Anthony Piña, dean of Online Studies, Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. “We have researched and field-tested the alternatives and have found the ANGEL/Acxiom integration to be superior in technology, feasibility, and ease of use. We expect this to increase our student satisfaction and our faculty comfort with online assessments.”
Jortberg will present the solution in a seminar, “Student Identity Verification – Best Practices and Practical Experience,” at the ANGEL User Conference, May 13 – 15 in Chicago. ANGEL community members who attend the session will explore the pros and cons of various student verification methods. Hands-on use of Acxiom Identify-X and ANGEL 7.3 will be available to conference attendees.
A global leader in interactive marketing services, Acxiom connects clients with their customers through deep consumer insight, powering effective and profitable marketing initiatives and business decisions. Our consultative approach spans multiple industries and incorporates decades of experience in consumer data and analytics, information technology, data integration and consulting solutions for effective marketing across digital, Internet, email, mobile and direct mail channels. Founded in 1969, Acxiom is headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., and serves clients around the world from locations in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information about Acxiom, visit www.acxiom.com/studentidentity