Online Learning Update

March 22, 2014

How can universities stop students cheating online?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Harry Slater, the Guardian

From keyboards that recognise your typing style to university honour codes – course providers are finding new ways to stop plagiarism among students. And while there isn’t any data to suggest whether students are more or less likely to commit plagiarism when learning online, Jisc, which specialises in digital education, says a large online cohort size and distance learning – where students aren’t based on campus – can make foul play harder to spot. Michael Dunn, a senior lecturer at the University of Derby and expert in electronic plagiarism, says that before seeking to identify why students cheat, universities should ask if students know what constitutes cheating in an academic context. A report by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, which deals with student complaints, found a steep rise in complaints from UK students about harsh treatment by their universities over cheating.

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