Cheating in the Digital Age: Do students cheat more in on-line courses?
George Watson, James Sottile, Marshall University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
With the help of the Internet and related technologies students today have many more ways to be academically dishonest than students a generation ago. With more and more web-based course offerings, the concern is whether student cheating will increase as students work and take tests away from the prying eyes of instructors. While the research on academic dishonesty in general is quite extensive, there is very little research on student cheating in on-line courses relative to standard, face-to-face classes. This study of undergraduate and graduate students at a mid-major university focuses on student cheating behaviors in both types of classes. The study findings are that almost 1 in 3 college students admit to academic dishonesty in on-line and live classes. Surprisingly, the perception that students cheat more in on-line course was not found to be the case, as the data showed students cheat at the same level or less in on-line courses compared to live courses.
Watson, G. & Sottile, J. (2008). Cheating in the Digital Age: Do students cheat more in on-line courses?. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 798-803). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).