Tag Archives: Cheating

The moral panic over student cheating must end

The moral panic over student cheating must end

Academics have never entirely trusted students not to cheat. Few exams, for instance, have ever been conducted without an invigilator prowling the aisles in search of surreptitious copying or smuggled-in notes. But the current level of institutionalised distrust of students has reached such a pitch that it seems reasonable to call it a moral panic. […] … learn more→

Assessment design won’t stop cheating, but our relationships with students might

Assessment design won’t stop cheating, but our relationships with students might

Changes in the higher education sector have created the perfect environment for students to cheat – and get away with it. New research shows that can students cheat on virtually any type of assessment. So why is this the case, and can anything be done to prevent cheating? Why is it so easy for students […] … learn more→

Students, not admin, complain about cheating

Students, not admin, complain about cheating

I’ve written many times how extraordinary the cheating is in higher education today. While certainly we can point at the students as responsible, a big reason for why it’s so out of control is administration actually encourages cheating. I’ve seen professors lose their jobs over catching cheaters, and certainly losing pay is quite possible for […] … learn more→

The Uber cheater economy

The Uber cheater economy

I’m no longer shocked with the cheating by students in higher education. There are many reasons for this, but foremost is how much higher education has changed. In times past, it was well known that higher education was about preparing a human being for more. It was literally written into the old rules of accreditation: […] … learn more→

Do online students cheat more on tests?

Do online students cheat more on tests?

A lot of faculty worry that they do. Given the cheating epidemic in college courses, why wouldn’t students be even more inclined to cheat in an unmonitored exam situation? Add to that how tech-savvy most college students are. Many know their way around computers and software better than their professors. Several studies report that the […] … learn more→

To stop exam cheats, Economists say, try assigning seats

Think seating charts in the classroom are needed only in elementary school? According to a new study, randomly assigned seats are also the most immediate way to prevent cheating among college students. The study was set in an introductory science course at an unnamed \”top American university\” in 2012, as 242 students prepared to take […] … learn more→

An innovative form of cheating emerges in MOOCs

What if Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) aren’t actually courses at all? Our research teams at Harvard and MIT have shown over and over again that MOOC students look and act nothing like conventional students of either residential universities or online programs. With a broader age distribution, a more diverse and international student body, wide […] … learn more→

Cheated of a ‘Real Carolina education’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently released the findings of a detailed investigation into “irregular” classes run through the African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department. For those, like me, who proudly call themselves Tar Heels, the investigation provided plenty of disappointments: Students received credit for courses that never met and papers filled […] … learn more→

SAT and UNC: The difference between real and fraud, part 1

Last May, the SAT exams in South Korea were cancelled. Yes, for the whole country, cancelled. Why? Because of allegations of cheating. So, 1600 Korean students are denied the chance to take the test because, possibly a few dozen, maybe even hundreds, might be cheating. This is a sad thing because these students take their […] … learn more→

Higher education promotes cheating

Continuing with a book by an Australian academic, I see more reinforcement of what I’ve testified to in this blog. What I’ve read leads to another conjecture on my part. See, there’s obviously something really wrong in the world right now. America, as “world leader,” obviously has to be part of that wrong. Fraud, lies, […] … learn more→