Webinar recording: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p4nnxp5t4sz/ (recorded 7/18/2018)
Current research — such as it is* — suggests that students do not cheat more online than in traditional face-to-face courses. However, that may not be the most useful information, no matter how reliable. After all, 20 years ago, people did not commit identity theft all that often online; and then they did. Bad behavior on the internet is a moving target. At ODEE, we are working to stay ahead of it by providing tools and training that instructors can use to maintain the highest standards in courses before problems are able to take root.
- Avoid: Design your course to de-incentivize cheating and make it as easy to learn as to cheat, and to leverage students’ actual curiosity and interest.
- Prevent: Configure the settings on whatever systems you use to make cheating as difficult as possible — and honest work as easy as possible.
- Detect: Where appropriate, use tools to help identify illegitimate behavior, so that you can assess it and respond accordingly.
*This is not to impugn the skills of the researchers nor the integrity of their work. Rather, it is to note that there has been little research published on this important question, and the research that has been published faces the same daunting challenge as any attempt to gauge social deviance: people doing it in the wild really don’t want to be measured, and the phenomenon is extremely difficult to replicate in the lab. It thus needs to be acknowledged in discussions on this subject, that the empirical basis for opinions is weak.