Educational Technology

September 30, 2012

Academic Integrity, Part 4: Cheating in Online Learning Courses

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Andrew Smyser, Center for College Affordability

As online courses become more and more prevalent in the world of higher education, professors and administrators must heighten their awareness of new forms of cheating and attempt to overcome the challenges presented by students in a remote location. Without the familiarity of a classroom setting, even that of a massive lecture hall, there is little to no guarantee that the students enrolled for an online class are actually the ones doing the work or that they are doing the work without inappropriate outside help. While much of the information about cheating in online courses remains anecdotal, it is quite clear that it is becoming quite a large problem. Some of this however, can be avoided if professors rethink the format of the classes they offer online. Some students, of course, will always attempt to cheat the system, but, as it stands now, cheating in online courses is facilitated by a lack of employment of strategy to combat the problem.

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