ERIC Number: EJ970366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-3
Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech
Young, Jeffrey R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, Jun 2012
Easy A's may be even easier to score these days, with the growing popularity of online courses. Tech-savvy students are finding ways to cheat that let them ace online courses with minimal effort, in ways that are difficult to detect. The issue of online cheating may rise in prominence, as more and more institutions embrace online courses, and as reformers try new systems of educational badges, certifying skills and abilities learned online. The promise of such systems is that education can be delivered cheaply and conveniently online. Yet as access improves, so will the number of people gaming the system, unless courses are designed carefully. This prediction has not escaped many of those leading new online efforts, or researchers who specialize in testing. Researchers who study testing are also working on the problem of cheating. Last month more than 100 such researchers met at the University of Kansas at the Conference on Statistical Detection of Potential Test Fraud. One message from the event's organizers was that groups that offer standardized tests, companies developing anticheating software, and researchers need to join forces and share their work. Historically this kind of research has been a bit of a black box. It's important that the research community improve perhaps as quickly as the cheating community is improving.
Descriptors: Cheating, Testing, Standardized Tests, Online Courses, Researchers, Ethics, Educational Technology, Computer Software, Courseware
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