Academic Integrity in the Age of Online Learning

Cheating is nothing new, and with internet access and the move to online learning, the opportunities to act without academic integrity have become more readily available. The discussion about academic integrity is often seen as a student-based issue, and thus tends to focus on dishonesty, cheating, and plagiarism and how we might reduce these behaviors by students. As an instructor, you must decide how you choose to approach and address academic integrity in your classes. Research supports that instructors might increase academic integrity among their students by creating an environment that promotes honesty, responsibility, and fairness, instead of focusing on penalties. Instructors are facilitators of their class and as such can work to create positive relationships and an atmosphere that supports academic integrity (Boehm, 2009; Stearns, 2001). 

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