How to minimize cheating in online assessments

Academic dishonesty is a touchy subject. From college admission scandals to exam cheating, it affects all schools in one way or another. At one point, all teachers have wondered at their students’ creativity when it comes to dodging work, wishing that they’d use that skill to complete assignments instead.

Yet, it goes deeper than that. Sixty-eight percent of graduate students have admitted to cheating, according to this 13-year study by Dr. Donald McCabe. In comparison, seventy-five percent of high school students admit to doing the same. It doesn’t just lead to getting ahead dishonestly, as cheating in school is a predictor of similar workplace behavior.

With online classes and remote learning taking over classrooms, at least temporarily, teachers worry about rampant cheating. After all, both K-12 and Higher Ed students aren’t supervised at home. It’s difficult to imagine how the evaluation will play out online if you haven’t done that before.

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