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Academic Honesty


Academic honesty is an issue facing all educational institutions today. The new technologies of the internet only make it more important to try and address these issues not only in online education but also in traditional classrooms. Direct copying of websites and internet "paper mills" have replaced copying text straight out of books. So what steps can be taken to minimize student submission of un-authentic work in online classes?

McCabe and Trevino (McCabe and Trevino, 1996 ) and Bowers (Bowers, 1964 ) suggest that the culture of academic honesty on a campus may be the most important determining factor in how much cheating occurs at a college. The more unacceptible cheating is to a student's peers, the less likely it is that this student will try to cheat. One strategy that can have help generate this sort of atmosphere is the establishment of a school Honor Code. These studies provide convincing evidence that cheating is generally lower on campuses with honor codes than those without.

The next level of defense can be technological. As suggested by Quizzing and Testing on he Internet (more info) and Strategies to Minimize Cheating Online (more info) :

These tactics involve placing barriers in the way of having someone else complete the students' assignments. The more difficult it becomes to get "help" when you need it, the more likely students with have to complete their own assignments.




The educational design of the class can also offer opportunities to crack down on dishonesty. (Gore, 2000 ; Quizzing and Testing On the Internet (more info) ; Strategies to Minimize Cheating Online (more info) ; Higher Ed Takes On High-Tech Cheating (more info) )



Administratively, you can also help yourself. (Quizzing and Testing On the Internet (more info) ; Strategies to Minimize Cheating Online (more info) ; Higher Ed Takes On High-Tech Cheating (more info) )


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