Yes, you read that right. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted a MOOC in which students are encouraged to cheat. What’s the catch? The students have to then disclose to the class exactly what they did to cheat. The idea behind the course was to learn how students are cheating and be able to then use that information as research.
Testing integrity is an issue that is on the forefront of school’s minds around the country as their enrollments for distance classes increase. Having students taking exams in their own home begs the question, will they cheat? Another article in The Evolllution, gives several options to decrease the likelihood of cheating but goes on to say, most of these will “discourage academic integrity violation but proctored examinations still rank highest in ensuring it”. The article goes on to discuss the cumbersome issue for faculty of trying to find and vet neutral proctors for their exams.
An up and coming solution called SmarterProctors.com is a database that allows the student to locate a neutral proctor in their area. The faculty member can then approve the proctor and the student pays the fee online through a secure site so no cash exchanges hands during the exam. If you’d like to know more go to SmarterProctors.com.