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BioSig-ID will be implemented later this year, beginning in fully online programs. Training will be offered for all faculty in advance of the integration of BioSig-ID into their Blackboard courses. Once BioSig-ID is integrated, faculty will experience little to no impact on their teaching.

Students will be introduced to BioSig-ID through a dedicated BioSig Enrollment course. This is a central Blackboard location to explain BioSig-ID for new students and take care of the initial enrollment. Students will be added to the BioSig Enrollment course several weeks before the start of term to allow ample time for enrollment and authentication practice. Student support for using BioSig-ID will be available 24/7 through the ITS Help Desk. There will be no additional cost to the students using BioSig-ID.

The information below should be added to the syllabus and, optionally, the course site. Copy and paste directly into a Blackboard content area or download a Word or PDF version.

BioSig Announcement

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is required by federal law and regional accreditors to confirm the identity of students in online courses. Student authentication is a key element in protecting academic integrity in online courses and is the cornerstone of a credible online education program. In response to these requirements, UMKC now requires online students to participate in a new identity verification system.

As an online student, you will be asked to create a biometric password using a tool called BioSig-ID. This password cannot be replicated by someone else. Effective this term, you will be asked at each Blackboard course login and at the start of each quiz or test to validate your identity. Please note that all BioSig-ID activity takes place in the Blackboard course(s).There will be no additional cost to students using BioSig-ID.

How to Enroll in BioSig

You will be introduced to BioSig-ID through a dedicated BioSig-ID Enrollment course in Blackboard two weeks before the start of the term. In this course, you will be able to quickly enroll and practice authenticating with your password. Student support for using BioSig-ID is available 24/7 through the ITS Help Desk at 816-345-6700 or ITS@umkc.edu.

Microphone and Webcam Requirements

During BioSig-ID enrollment, a photo-ID verification step will take place that relies on your system to meet additional requirements:

  • Webcam for video to show photo-ID*
  • Microphone and speakers to speak with the live agent**

*This inexpensive, high-quality webcam can be purchased online from Amazon.
**If you are unable to “allow” the video/audio test to proceed then please use the Adobe Flash Global Settings Page to adjust the permission.

Acceptable Forms of ID

  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Government-issued passport
  • UMKC ID

Academic Attendance Report Overview

Instructors receive a weekly attendance report of all BioSig activity in their course(s). This report:

  • Provides a grid-like overview of student attendance / activity by day
  • Captures the student’s BioSig-ID enrollment / validation status
  • Is prepared in an easy to read visual format; date by course and active students

Potential uses for the report include:

  • Compare the number of students registered to inactive students
  • Connect attendance to important academic and student services dates
  • Identify students that may have a password challenge

Sample Report and Legend

Sample UMKC Academic Attendance Report 2016 [PDF]

BioSig Attendance Grid Report Legend

This brief video shows the validation process in Blackboard as your students will experience it.

BioSig Course Intercept in Blackboard (90 sec)

Instructors do not need to authenticate with BioSig-ID, but if you are curious, you can test drive BioSig at biosig-id.com/test-drive.

These helpful information sheets can be provided to students or other interested parties.

BioSig-ID-Education Overview.pdf (600 KB)
BioSig-ID-Education-Detail.pdf (800 KB)

Questions or comments about BioSig in your course? Please contact Lara Mabry or Melissa Messina at UMKC Online.