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Does Groupthink lead to Group Cheating

According to Psychology Today, Groupthink occurs when a group of well-intentioned people make irrational or non-optimal decisions spurred by the urge to conform or the discouragement of dissent. This problematic or premature consensus may be fueled by a particular agenda or simply because group members value harmony and coherence above rational thinking. A recent news story that […]

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Contract Cheating

What is Contract Cheating? Contract cheating is when a student or academic candidate will contract with (pay) an online storefront or individual freelancer who completes their academic work for them. There are varying depths this can go to, ranging from writing papers to physically attempting to take an online examination. A recent article published by EdSurge highlights […]

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Answering the Bell

ProctorFree Provides a Lasting Online Proctoring Solution ProctorFree provides a proctoring solution that delivers a permanent remedy to the problem of academic dishonesty in online assessments. We are committed to ensuring academic integrity while providing an exceptional student experience. As part of our processes to ensure a lasting solution, ProctorFree analyzes 100% of every exam […]

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Addressing the Frustrations of Working Students

Education technology has made access to higher education more accessible than just a few years ago. As a result, more working adults are finding that they can work towards completing their degrees through online classes taken through their local college. What isn’t often talked about is the frustrations that these adult students face when dealing […]

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2016 Annual UPCEA Conference: Why We’re Attending

On April 7th, I will be attending the UPCEA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. Over the past 10 years, the UPCEA Annual Conference has become the one professional education event that I most enjoy; and I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new colleagues at this year’s event. This will be my […]

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Malpractice Detailed for the 2013 UK Summer Exams

According to an official report on malpractice for the summer 2013 GCSE and A level exams, cheating among teachers and students has gone up. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in the UK, reports that teacher malpractice rose by 62% since 2012. In 2013 97 teachers were facing penalties, as opposed to 60 […]

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Honor Code – Will it Discourage Cheating?

In China, high school students are under a lot of pressure. Getting into college depends on students’ one-time performance at the annual college entrance exams. China, like many other countries, implements an educational system that prioritizes test performance and in some ways practices a “teach to the test” mentality. Inevitably, the increasing reliance on test […]

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Why do we cheat?

We’ve talked before about the cheater’s high, how people experience satisfaction when they cheat. While it explains that unethical behavior can stimulate a sense of achievement for the cheater rather than shame or guilt, it doesn’t explain why we resort to this unethical behavior in the first place. The Cheater’s High study showed that people […]

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Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Test Cheating Scandal

A race against the clock to regain public trust is taking place at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Washington. After allegations of a cheating scandal have been revealed, the Washington State Patrol announced its preliminary investigations on the matter. It has been discovered that recruits were sharing test information through an informal and illegal […]

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Who should police exam cheating? The Minnesota example

The Minnesota Department of Education lets school districts resolve cheating issues themselves. In 2013, over 159 test security notices were been sent to the Minnesota Department of Education. What often happens is that a school district official reports a test security issue to the state and the state, more often than not, will simply ask […]