How To Address Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty In Online Classes

On-Demand Training

Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are an especially serious problem for online learning. This is the case even though the common perception that cheating is much more prevalent in online classes is probably not accurate. Even at levels equal to face-to-face classes, online academic dishonesty undermines student learning, but an exaggerated fear of rampant cheating and the notion that it is especially difficult to detect and deal with academic dishonesty can undermine the institutional integrity of online learning. On a practical level we also know that dealing with academic dishonesty when it does happen causes serious problems for teachers, administrators, and students.

With the goal of preventing plagiarism and cheating from happening in the first place, we will explore a few interrelated issues. We’ll consider the motives and reasons behind academic dishonesty and then take a look at some of the tactics online students employ to cheat and plagiarize. We will also explore ways in which we can design and manage our classes with the goal of minimizing or preventing plagiarism and academic dishonesty. For instance, we will explore the pros and cons of using proctored exams as a way to prevent cheating. Next, we will consider strategies for detecting cheating when it happens, including the utilization of the so-called plagiarism detection software. Finally, we will talk about specific ideas for how to talk to our students about the consequences of plagiarism and academic dishonesty in ways that don’t compound the problem.

  • Review research and statistics regarding academic dishonesty and plagiarism in face-to-face and online classes
  • Assess definitions of cheating and plagiarism and compare and contrast ideas from webinar participants
  • Explore the reasons and motives students have for cheating
  • Consider how the ways we design and manage our classes might impact a student’s desire and ability to cheat: proctored exams, honor codes, etc.
  • Design assignments that minimize or prevent academic dishonesty
  • Learn practical ways to have productive discussions with your students about plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty
  • Don’t let a crisis go to waste: use cases of dishonesty as teachable moments
  • Keep both student and faculty success in mind as important goals when addressing cases of cheating or plagiarism
  • Share your own stories of success or failure when dealing with cases of plagiarism or cheating in your own classes
    • 2-year & 4-year institutions
    • Academic Affairs/Instruction
    • Student Services/Affairs
    • Faculty (full and part-time)
    • Dean of Instruction
    • Department Chairs
    • Online Learning Administrators & Staff
    • Faculty who teach or plan to teach online/hybrid courses
    • Online
    • Student Code of Conduct Officers

    Eric Salahub taught his first online class in 1994 and has been actively involved in online teaching and learning ever since. At Front Range Community College since 1999, Eric teaches philosophy, has served as department chair, and was directly involved in the development of what is now one of the largest online learning programs in Colorado. Eric is currently a member of the Online Leadership Team and is working as the Online Instructional Coach; in this role, Eric works directly with more than 225 online instructors, helping them design and teach successful and sustainable online courses. Eric has attended and presented at numerous regional and national online learning conferences and he received the 2008 Jerome F. Wartgow Teaching with Technology Award from the Colorado Community College System.

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