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ERIC Number: EJ1179317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1876
Academic Dishonesty: Does Social Media Allow for Increased and More Sophisticated Levels of Student Cheating?
Best, Linda M.; Shelley, Daniel J.
International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, v14 n3 Article 1 p1-14 2018
This article examines the effects of the social media applications Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat/Instagram, Texting and various smartphone applications on academic dishonesty in higher education. The study employed a mixed-methods approach conducted through an emailed question-pro student survey consisting of 20 questions. The results of the study indicated that the majority of students in higher education utilize the social media applications Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat/Instagram and Smart Phones to assist with their academic studies. Although students report utilizing these forms of social media to assist with their studies most do not use these applications for cheating or any form of academic dishonesty. There was an increased willingness to use texting, screenshots, video and audio recordings to cheat on exams and other academic requirements. In addition, the majority of participants indicated they felt any form of cheating or academic dishonesty was wrong. However, most indicated they would do little or nothing to intervene or prevent it in their particular classroom situations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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