What are your thoughts about this controversial issue? Even though numerous steps have been taken to clear out that online education does not merely mean simply copy pasting things from the internet.. but then again, how common do you all think cheating is in online leanring?
There will always be people who cheat no matter what. If it's not by searching online, it's by having a friend on instant messenger who does know the answers. That's how a friend of mine passed an online calculus course - by taking a screenshot of the question, uploading it, and having someone who was good at calculus give him the answers
I received my Master's Degree online and never once considered cheating. Actually we had to mail many of our papers into the professors to spot check for plagiarism. I enjoyed online courses and those who cheat will do so in brick and mortar classrooms too. In one computer science course two students were caught cheating and instead of being embarassed, the female student got into a major argument with the professor and said she just accidentally had a paper with the answers within her visual sight on the floor. When the professor asked her to leave the room and said her test would be under investigation she continued to argue with him and state she was innocent. That was one of the biggest arguments I ever saw a student have with a teacher.
With the abundant of resources today, I wouldn't be surprise at all. Even if I tried to cheat, I wouldn't know how (well, actually people told me to join what you call "fraternity" so your "brothers" can share the test info with you. Heck, I remember one engineering class I took, it was open notes, open books, open everything except your neighbor and the guy next to me had every piece of aid materials there were and still not able to pass the class.... I was so good with that class either, but I figured, I knew what I knew....and of course I knew the materials were useless if you didn't gasp the concepts. Our professor was no idiot, they always designed their own test and no test was the same. That was one hell of a class.
I teach for Axia College of the University of Phoenix online, and academic honesty is a big concern there. They have a plagiarism checker program that both students and faculty can use to see if a student has plagiarized inadvertently (like failing to properly cite a source) or blatantly. So far I haven't caught a student blatantly plagiarizing. I am sure, however, that it happens. It's a similar dynamic to criminals versus law enforcement. The criminal element always has the upper hand because they have time to plan their crimes, and law enforcement is always playing catch up. In the end, though, I have faith that students who plagiarize will get caught, because if they got away with it once, they can get away with it again. The more often they do, the more likely it is they will be caught.
i personally believe that there will always be someone out there cheating some way or the other. but hey, there are steps being taken to ensure cheating is stopped. for example theres been much hype about spy cameras being placed in the houses of online learners, read on <snipped link>
what do you guys think of this step? is this step positive or would it just intrude in the personal lives of distance learners?
Tammy M has been spamming a bit on distance education learning.
I know this because I've been fooled in the past and subsequently flagged it!
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