New guideline identifies modern types of ‘blurred cheating’

Plagiarism Spectrum identifies the blurred lines of cheating, and how to respond

spectrumresized Access to technology, and a propensity for students to share images and text on social media in their everyday lives is blurring the lines of original thought and plagiarism in higher education.

Turnitin, a company that provides a web-based application to help instructors determine if a student’s work contains plagiarism, surveyed more than 800 secondary and higher education instructors in an effort to create a Plagiarism Spectrum.

The spectrum outlines the frequency and severity of 10 common forms of plagiarism, and is designed to help educators determine how to discipline students caught plagiarizing material in their assignments.…Read More

Top 3 solutions to cheating in online education

Online learning advocates, in their advocacy for more investment in web-based courses, have run into a counterargument time and again: cheating among online students drains legitimacy from the nontraditional classes.

Browser lockdown technology is one way to fight online cheating.

Cheating in online classes have proven a contentious issue, even as universities devise ways to fight cheating and more proprietary options crop up every year.

The proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has further stoked the online cheating debate, with MOOC detractors pointing to academic dishonesty as a reason to remain skeptical of the new online form.

Here’s a rundown of the four most common — and popular — ways colleges, universities, and MOOC platforms are battling against cheating in online courses.…Read More

Coursera looks to curb cheating in free courses

Coursera’s honor code will be used in three classes.

Coursera, the massive online open course (MOOC) site with myriad university partnerships, will require students to sign an honor code statement before they take the free classes.

The honor code was introduced in three Coursera classes – with plans to expand the code to more courses – after media reports detailed rampant plagiarism in the no-charge courses that offer curriculum from Princeton, University of Michigan, Stanford, and Penn, among other schools.

Students already checked a box indicating that they would comply with Coursera’s academic standards. The new policy includes an honor code agreement with every assignment submitted for grading by fellow students.…Read More