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ERIC Number: ED552873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 175
Abstractor: As Provided
Cheating in Online Classes: A Preliminary Investigation
Baker Bemmel, Mirella
Online Submission, Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University
This applied dissertation was an inquiry into the phenomenon of cheating among students who take their classes online. There is a common perception that cheating is rampant in online classes and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accreditation association in the South, implemented policies, which mandate stricter monitoring of students. In turn, colleges have reevaluated or implemented integrity policies, but there is inconsistent enforcement of said policies. Online faculty at three Florida community colleges were invited to complete a modified version of the Academic Integrity Survey, which provided insights into their perception of cheating, their awareness and enforcement of institutional policies regarding cheating and safeguards used or desired. The survey was followed up with an eight-member focus group discussion, and the results were triangulated. An analysis of the data revealed that faculty is uncertain about the extent of cheating at their college, but most take action once they discover an instance of cheating. Their reaction to cheating may not necessarily be in line with the institutional policy although they are aware of the required steps. Different safeguards are used to protect the integrity of their courses, but there is an apparent lack of knowledge about available safeguards and their use. The following are appended: (1) McCabe Academic Integrity Survey 2010: Screen Shot of Faculty Survey; (2) Modified Academic Integrity Survey; and (3) Chi Square Test of the First 42 Questions.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida