Developing an Online Course
Studies indicate that cheating and plagiarism may be on the rise. Accrediting
bodies and others have voiced concerns about how to ensure that the student signed
up for the online course is the student doing the work. Although this issue is echoed
in the traditional classroom, the online course space is perceived to provide greater
opportunity for cheating. We will help you intentionally design Academic Integrity
into your online course. There are a number of best practices, which you can
learn more about in our Training and Tutorials
and Research and Strategies pages, but
here are a few to get you started:
- Define plagiarism and academic honesty for your students. There are
cultural differences, and expectations of instructors differ. For example,
in some classes collaboration is acceptable while in others it is not.
- Require your students to agree to an academic integrity statement.
Consider this as the first question on each exam, or the first assignment.
Studies indicate that students who agree to be honest are less likely to cheat.
- Assess your students in multiple ways.
- Include at least one proctored exam as a part of your required course work.
- Consider an occasional individual or group meeting via phone or Web Conferencing
- Additional Resources - Faculty Focus: Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education