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Could textbook design curb student online cheating?

By Meris Stansbury
July 22nd, 2016

Is student online cheating dependent on the right kinds of assignments and digital textbooks?

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Researchers from the University of California Riverside and zyBooks recently presented findings at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference that shows students demonstrate integrity in learning and ignore online cheating opportunities—if they feel like they’re really learning.

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Key Points:

  • The study reveals that most college students make a legitimate attempt to answer questions in homework assignments, even when a short-cut to the answer is available to them through the click of a button.
  • The paper also discusses teaching practices that can have a negative impact on honesty such as assigning excessive work.
  • Experts were also able to compare response data to the makeup of the questions themselves to determine which types of questions are most effective.

(Next page: More data from the student online cheating study)


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