Preventing Cheating in the Online Environment

Office of Educational Technology
When considering online teaching, often the primary concern among faculty is how to manage tests and other assessments, and especially how, if at all, to prevent cheating on online exams and plagiarizing content for assignments and test essays. Maintaining academic integrity in an online course may seem an impossible task given students are unproctored and working from a remote location. This potentially allows them to associate with classmates, have access to books, notes and the internet, and use more than one device such as phones and other mobile devices. However, there are practices and strategies that an instructor can implement into their pedagogy as well as tools available, both outside and built into Blackboard, that make cheating difficult and working in combination almost impossible.
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