Mr. René Sainz from University of Texas - Brownsville (UTB) delivers a compelling case for using technologies to authenticate and assess students academic performance. The purpose is to be able to retain students and have a high completion rate. Teaching modalities in UTB vary, but the retention and authentication methods have been implemented across the board.

Data to support the use of technology to enhance student support services has been possible after a detailed analysis of their students technology resources. He states that 94% of students have access to computers at home (laptop, desktop computer, smartphone, etc). The integration of technology resources and support services will enhance faculty pedagogy to support students learning.

UTB has been able to use its classroom technologies to enhance retention and authentication. Using Blackboard Collaborate the librarians can assist students when requesting remote assistance. Online advising is done online using Blackboard Collaborate. With Lecture Capture technology they have added a close caption solution to enhance student understanding of content recorded and be capable of searching terms among all videos in the repository.

Although login & password is usually used to authenticate students, a lecture capture type (recording) is done to ensure students taken tests is you is registered in an online or hybrid course taking tests online.

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