In cheating, Education, sports, tests on March 30, 2012 at 11:16 am
In the article Testing the Limits of Academic Fraud in Sports, Chronicle author Wolverton discusses recent reports about the increase in ACT and SAT scores for athletes, the phenomenon that athletes who seem to be academically qualified “earn” high test scores and the efforts by ACT and SAT test administrators are taking to improve test security.
Cheating to win seems to start early. It seems to be part of U.S. culture to “win at all costs” and that you measure success only by the size of the wallet. It’s not hard to imagine those students participating in a bounty system. Even if the student didn’t initiative it, that student would participate without question.
Disheartening, but not surprising.
In integrity on November 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Part of course redesign includes re-evaluating test questions and re-evaluating the value of standardized tests, especially in online courses.
This blog entry notes that using publisher test banks made it easier for students to cheat. This is nothing new…I’m sure you’ve heard of frat house libraries where members of fraternities have access to previous exams. How do they get them?
1. Each frat member memorizes a couple of questions and copies them down
2.Each frat member removes one page of the test
3. Someone steals a test (e.g. when extra copies are distributed down the rows)
High tech versions:
1. Copying and pasting the test questions
2. Taking the test with 2 computers open (one to take the test, the other to copy the test questions)
3.Using cell phones to take screen shots
4. Using screen capture programs to take screen shots
5. Texting answers to each other
I am sure you can think of more.
Should we (instructors) function as the “cheating police” and stop this from occurring? My answer is YES! We should try to maintain as much fairness in test conditions as possible. In a later post, I’ll talk about some of the ways we can do that.
In integrity on November 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm
Cheating at University of Central Florida. Video available here if you’re unable to get it to work.
Unproctored testing helps create an environment that permits (encourages?) cheating.
In teaching with technology on October 20, 2010 at 10:21 am
Proctoring exams is the most effective way to prevent cheating on exams, whether the exams are part of a face to face or an online program. This is the conclusion according to the summary of a meta-study on cheating featured in an article, Proctor or Gamble, in today’s issue of Inside Higher Education.
Not surprisingly, the issue can be a more significant issue in online courses that rely solely or primarily on the results of multiple choice exams to determine the grade earned by a student. This study confirms what many who teach online already knew: multiple choice/true-false exams should not be a significant portion of the overall grade for an online course. Those items should be used for self-study and self-tests, but not to determine the course grade. Teaching online requires re-assessing how to assess. Business as usual is not as effective.
In integrity, teaching with technology on August 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm
I’m attending an online class taught through Sloan-C on Academic Integrity in online classes.
I’m learning a great deal, and thought I’d pass on a couple of items.
One is that even those using online discussion boards should take care to change assignments every semester. According to Melissa Ott, who wrote this article:Seven Strategies for Plagiarism-proofing Discussion Threads in Online Courses http://jolt.merlot.org/vol5no2/olt_0609.pdf, there are websites where students can purchase answers to discussion board questions, e.g. www.studentoffortune.com . The site calls them tutorials, but students can get answers there.
A second, which I knew already, was to be sure to either use huge test banks or value objective questions as a relatively small percentage of a student’s overall grade in an online course.
A third is to introduce academic integrity into an online course through a letter to students. I think I’ll do that for face to face and online courses.
In integrity on July 30, 2010 at 12:56 am
I’m currently participating in a Sloan-C conference on promoting academic integrity.
I have conducted some research on the area, but I am already learning more about academic integrity and how to reduce plagiarism in classes.