Fostering Academic Integrity in Online Courses - Larry MacPhee, CTELJoyce...
Is cheating inevitable?Why do students cheat?Why is it my problem?. 3 General Questions. . Why do they do it?. Easy to get away withInsufficient timeA friend needed helpPassing grade is vitalEveryone else is doing itNobody cares if I cheatCourse is too hardTeacher is unfairCourse is useles
Fostering Academic Integrity in Online Courses
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Fostering Academic Integrityin Online Courses
Advice for Faculty
Larry MacPhee, CTEL
Joyce Kincannon, CTEL
Wally Nolan, CTEL
Is cheating inevitable?
Why do students cheat?
Why is it my problem?
3 General Questions
Easy to get away with
A friend needed help
Passing grade is vital
Everyone else is doing it
Nobody cares if I cheat
Course is too hard
Teacher is unfair
Course is useless.
Why do they do it?
Credibility is at stake
of the Instructor
of the Course
of the Program
of the Institution
Student morale is at stake.
Is this my problem? 5 Course Design Elements Syllabus Design Content Delivery Student-Instructor Relationship Assessment Design Monitoring Tools 1. Syllabus Design Clearly define course objectives Define inappropriate behavior Specify consequences Link to institutional policies Warn students of monitoring tools Discuss relevance of course Establish deadlines Clearly define course policies. 2. Content Delivery Change assignments each semester Know your audience Required vs. supplemental info Tell students what is important Design assignments for the web. Link to resource pages Keep audio & video clips short Avoid PowerPoint Use student prompts Lean and rich, not flashy and fluffy Offline learning is ok. 3. Good Communication Offer frequent reminders Respond promptly to questions Build a respectful relationship Encourage student collaboration Monitor student communication Moderate discussions. 4. Assessment Design Randomize questions and answers Use large question banks, multiple versions Set short time windows for objective tests Proctor objective tests in labs Thwart paper mills like “SchoolSucks.com” Spread points across many assignments Consider use of “honor statements” Assume student access to all resources Investigate suspicious activity. 5. Monitoring Tools Enroll a “mole” in your class discussions Look for same wrong answer patterns Check test start and end times Check test takers’ IP addresses Interview suspects sequentially Track student scores during the course Look at grade distributions over semesters Use comparison tools like “TurnItIn.com”
Google, Encarta, WiFi, IM, cell phones, OCR
Duke University’s Center for Academic Integrity
Designing Online Courses to Discourage Dishonesty by Barbara Christe
30 seconds to a Darwin Biography (courtesy Encarta.com)