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This week in Cheating: Stranger than Fiction

Apparently in the revelry following the New Zealand All Blacks win in the Rugby World Cup, some overly excited student at Auckland based Avondale College circulated a hoax letter describing a new cheating deterrent. Deterrence is a big deal for us academic integrity folks. It’s like a no-harm/no-foul pre-emptive strike where everyone can test happily. […]

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This Week in Cheating: Pearson Social Media Question Leaks

Kids these days, huh? There is a whole rigmarole over news that students are sharing questions to the multi-state-wide PARCC test on social media. That’s the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers by Pearson. The test has some pretty serious stakes. For example, the teacher’s salary is tied to the performance of […]

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This Week in Cheating: Using Facebook to Share Quizzes and Test

Facebook is, in my opinion, my generation’s greatest gift to humanity. It allows us to perform a myriad of social interactions ranging from the ever pleasing casual birthday greeting, to the more clandestine photo stalking. Facebook even let’s us follow our favorite brands and celebrities, and this cool page.  Facebook allows us to organize our friends […]

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This Week in Cheating: Outsource that Online Essay!    

In the past week we’ve heard of two web-based services (Here and here; and honestly researching this blog we found a few more) that will write your online essay for you, take your online test, and whatever else you want them to do in your online class. The big focus, and most popular buy across […]

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This Week in Cheating: Cicret Wearable Technology

A new startup out of France has a cool new device to view your phone…and everyone is freaking out! Cicret, (pronounced secret…I guess since this other app is named Secret they got a little clever with the spelling. And even that Secret had to get a URL with .ly!) is an app connected to a bracelet, […]

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Campus Tech Chicago Fall Forum in November Presentation

Good golly Miss Molly, we had so much fun at Campus Technology 2014 that we applied to present at Campus Tech’s Chicago Fall Forum in November and we got accepted! Jeffrey Kaplan, our Director of Partner Relations/me, will be giving a presentation titled Creating Culture in a Hybrid Class Through Social Media. This presentation will […]

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Harvard to introduce an ethics code for its students to discourage academic dishonesty

Cheating scandals have pushed universities to tighten their academic integrity policies, implement stricter proctoring practices and even introduce new or revised honor codes, all in an effort to discourage students from cheating and plagiarism. Even high-profile universities are not immune to cheating scandals. Harvard was one of many top tier colleges that got damaged by […]

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Middlebury’s economics faculty to proctor spring exams, as peer reporting proves ineffective

Honor codes are meant to enhance student integrity and ensure colleges are regarded as communities of ethics-driven students. When honor codes permit non proctored exams, it doesn’t always work as the Middlebury Honor Code Review from last year illustrates. Students in the absense of a proctor don’t feel the need or see the purpose of reporting […]

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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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Avoiding Academic Dishonesty In the Classroom

Harvard University expelled around 70 students this month in response to a cheating scandal that rocked the university last year. In addition to the 70 students that were forced to withdraw, the media reports that around 100 additional students received disciplinary action as a result of their behavior. According to the New York Times, 279 […]