Debates around enforcing academic integrity: Opinion

October 26, 2020

The debates around cheating and academic integrity in the online environment are growing, writes Chad Hagen. The author notes that while teaching centres usually will give instructors information on how to make tests “cheat-proof” by using alternate assessment methods, having students apply their knowledge of the subject on tests, or having students collaborate on assignments, these methods will not prevent all students from cheating. The article discusses a variety of different approaches to enforcing academic integrity, and the challenges of these approaches. The author concludes by describing the experiences of an instructor who found that “the best approach to reducing cheating […] is something both simple and hard to realize, especially during a crisis: better teaching.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)