ERIC Number: EJ924852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Academic Dishonesty: Are More Students Cheating?
Jones, Dorothy L. R.
Business Communication Quarterly, v74 n2 p141-150 Jun 2011
Academic dishonesty, with Internet plagiarism as one of the most common forms, is a concern on college and university campuses more than ever before. Many institutions of higher education have adopted academic honesty policies, instituted academic integrity tutorial completion prerequisites for next term registration, and acquired plagiarism software detection tools; however, research overwhelmingly confirms that the Internet provides an array of opportunities for students to cheat--whether intentionally or not. Within the past few years, high-tech cheating is gradually replacing the simple cut-and-paste cheating. Students have become more tech savvy, and online instructional cheating videos, detailing clever methods to cheat, are populating the Internet daily. Cheating methods have gone viral. The alignment between academic honesty and workplace ethics is unquestionable. Therefore, in an effort to reinforce appropriate digital citizenship, a study about academic dishonesty was conducted with a group of 48 students enrolled in an online business communication course during Fall semester, 2010. This article presents the findings of that study and recommends 10 instructional strategies to reinforce academic integrity and assist students with avoiding cheating, especially Internet plagiarism and high-tech cheating. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Video Technology, Business Communication, Plagiarism, Cheating, College Students, Integrity, Internet, Online Courses, Prevention, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Guides
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