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Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty: Online Environment

This guide covers student academic dishonesty with a focus on plagiarism including detection and strategies for prevention. Online classes receive detailed discussion.

OnLine Academic Dishonesty Prevention checklist, Patricia McGee

How to Decrease Dishonesty

"1. Make Expectations Clear

  • Reference school honor code
  • Define academic dishonesty
  • Articulate consequences
  • Provide a clear policy on syllabus and in other locations in the course
  • Require tutorial or pre-assessment" (Penn State  and  UT Austin)

"2. Construct Valid Assessments & Delivery with Foresight

  • Make sure assessment strategy matches what is being assessed
  • Align activities, assignments, assessments for validity
  • Focus on higher level of thinking rather than 'one right answer' assessments
  • Administer random quizzes or tests using social media tools
  • Design test items that allow the student to use their textbook
  • Allow multiple attempts, perhaps with highest score recorded (practice challenge)
  • Use Online Classroom Assessment Techinques"

"3. Make the most of the Technology

  • Consider computer-adaptive testing and randomized testing from vendors
  • Use browser lock-down software
  • Integrate identity authentication (webcam, fingerprint scans, optic retinal, palm vein scanning, face recognition or keystroke pattern analysis)
  • Use plagiarism detection tools (students too)"

From Patricia McGee,"Online Academic Dishonesty" presented 14 November 2012 for Innovative Educators, slides 12,13, & 20.

Why Do Students Engage in Dishonesty?

"Contextual: 

  • Fear of failure
  • Desire for better grades
  • Parental Pressure to do well
  • Unclear instructional objectives
  • Eveyone else cheats
  • Won't get caught

Personal:

  • Lack of organizational skills
  • Poor understanding of academic dishonesty
  • Students who cheat often are self-deceptive in other areas of their life"

From Patricia McGee,"Online Academic Dishonesty" presented 14 November 2012 for Innovative Educators, slide 4.