Nov 4, 2013

What can you do to prevent cheating?

Faculty Focus recently posted this article titled "What I Learned from Students Who Cheat", where an instructor discussed cheating in her face-to-face and online courses. She pointed out three good ideas:
Image: 'A Not-So-Subtle Cheating Technique'
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  1. Use a plagiarism checker for student papers. Sakai is linked to Turnitin, a popular plagiarism checking tool.


    • Randomize questions (and/or answers) in your tests and quizzes.Follow the advice in our Best Practices for Online Testing handout:

      • The first page lists the best test settings you should use in your tests.
      • The second page provides the details for randomizing your test questions, answers and set up test pools. 

    •  Be aware of your college's Academic Honesty Policy, and post it or a link to it in your course syllabus. Here is Durham Tech's Academic Honesty Policy link. 

    Extra credit: If you use Forums/Topics in your class, use the Topic setting "Require Users to Post before Reading". This setting encourages students to rely on themselves and not their classmates for ideas. Here's the handout for setting up Sakai Forum Topics.

    Note: When using the new Topic setting, you'll have to provide the question(s) in the Topic Short Description area or in your Lessons area for the week or in Resources, since students won't be able to see the instructor post either!

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