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But What If They Cheat? Giving Non-Proctored Online Assessments

But What If They Cheat? Giving Non-Proctored Online Assessments | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
How do you ensure your online students are not cheating on their tests? Bottom line, you don’t. But there are ways to stack the deck in your favor.
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I use a number of the suggestions when creating/offering tests: use randomized question test pools, randomize question answers, provide questions that require applying concepts (not easy to "google"); and withhold answers/feedback until all have completed the test. In addition:

 

  • I don't provide answers or feedback for important exams and limit the number of days the exam is available; 
  • I add time limits to exams (and quizzes to prepare them for exams),  so they have to take the exam in one sitting; and
  • I make each question available on a separate web page..so students can't easily print or copy and paste all of the questions..  
  • I change exam questions and answers each semester
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Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Although threats and detection software have some impact, the best way to prevent plagiarism is to teach students how to avoid it in the first place.
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The article is targeted for K-12, but could apply to college too-and includes 5 sample lessons to use with your students..

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A Side Effect of Online Courses: Online Cheating

A Side Effect of Online Courses: Online Cheating | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
The growth in courses available on the web has led to a growth in paid services that will impersonate students and do their work for them.
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Teaching About Plagiarism In The Online Classroom

Teaching About Plagiarism In The Online Classroom | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
How To Teach About Plagiarism In The Online Classroom
The video does not preach; it avoids the use of terms like “do” and “do not”. The video format presents me, the professor, as one with passion for what I teach and who cares about student success.
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Good idea to start the class with examples of what plagiarism is..and the real world consequences..

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Why Open-book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses

Why Open-book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
With the proliferation of learning management systems (LMS), many instructors now incorporate web-based technologies into their courses. While posting slides and readings online are common practices, the LMS can also be leveraged for testing.
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Excellent tips for creating tough open book tests, so you don't have to be as concerned about cheating.

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Colleges Grapple with Cheating in the Digital Age

Colleges Grapple with Cheating in the Digital Age | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Stanford University's honor code dates to 1921, written by students to help guide them through the minefield of plagiarism, forbidden collaboration, copying and other chicaneries that have tempted undergraduates since they first arrived on college...
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Interesting research concerning which majors students have who are most likely to cheat; how many students cheat; and ways colleges are dealing with cheating. Many students still copy content without correctly citing references.

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Plagiarism: An Interesting Disconnect between Students' Thoughts and Actions

Plagiarism: An Interesting Disconnect between Students' Thoughts and Actions | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Almost 800 business, engineering, education, and health services students completed a fairly typical plagiarism survey. They were asked how strongly they agreed with a statement defining plagiarism as copying text and inserting it in a paper without citing the source. They were asked how often they engaged in this specific behavior. As in many other survey studies, 75 percent of these students agreed or strongly agreed that copying text without referencing it was plagiarism. Eighty-one percent said that the behavior should result in strong punishment, and 84 percent said that they never or rarely engaged in this practice. None of those results are new or particularly surprising.
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What was surprising? When given an example of original academic writing, then given a scenario of a student using two sentences from the writing, students didn't consider it plagiarism-but many did say the student should have added a citation...

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Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning

Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
What is cheating? Do students do it more online than in traditional face-to-face courses? How do students cheat online and what strategies are instructors and institutions using to minimize it? How can course design and instructor/facilitator behavior impact student attitudes about cheating and academic honesty? What philosophical and psychological factors can inform our thinking about the subject? These are some of the many questions that will be explored in this course.

 

Live Events, Twitter Feeds, Chat Rooms, and other resources for the Understanding Cheating in Online Courses MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 10, 2014 1:52 AM

Clever Mooc Style open course on cheating in the online environment. All course modules are open and available to you. 


The hastag for this course is #cheatmooc .  Clever, and provocative; can you cheat your way through a mooc? Why would you? What would be gained?  Lots to think about here.

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, June 13, 2014 7:35 AM

Cheating in online coursework remains a hot topic. Take another look at the issue here.