Our first brown bag discussion of the semester (October 9th, 2014) was devoted to the topic of cheating in the online environment, and it was a resounding success. Here are some highlights and conclusions:
- We talked about how the challenges of cheating are faced in both traditional and online courses (e.g. bringing notes, pages, using mobile devices, copying from a classmate, etc.). Cheating is not an issue unique to the online environment.
- At the same time, the online setting brings a whole other set of issues related to the lack of control of the surrounding environment where the student takes the exam (e.g. other computers, identity, searching the web, talking to classmates while taking the exam, etc.)
- A proposed solution was to analyze our current assessment instruments, and to develop instruments that will be less prone to cheating and at the same time assess student learning at a deeper level.
- Some tips were: 1) using multiple choice tests as preparation tools for the exams, 2) having either a combination of short answer questions, or essay questions, and 3) using projects or ePortfolios as assessment instruments.
Tips To Prevent Cheating [PDF]
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