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How can universities stop students cheating online?

With a clear focus on cheating and specifically plagiarism, this article is aimed at courses students pay for , bot mostly courses which are available for free.  The article begins talking about a free online course website called Coursera.  Apparently, the website monitors your specific typing speed and patterns to make sure the person doing the work is actually the person registered and not someone else.  For a free course website, this is a pretty significant way to catch cheating which I haven't even heard of any paid courses using this type of cheating detection program.  

Another thing proactive anti-cheating technique Coursera is doing is having the students sign an honor code before taking the class.  This isn't really a new thing to do to try to get students to be honest and not cheat.  I've personally had professors make us sign a piece of paper stating we will not cheat or assist others on individual projects.  However, it's a good idea in my opinion because it's one more thing that a student who may be considering cheating on an assignment could remember before they actually did cheat. 

It was stated that free online courses are meant for personal benefit to the student taking the course with no occupational benefit or educational benefit such as a degree.  Basically, they are saying that if someone cheats on a free course which has no effect on their current employment status and they won't receive a degree for, the only person they are harming is themselves.  I think universities where students pay to take courses and where they earn useful degrees should take more precautions, especially with online courses, against cheating and plagiarism.  They could adopt a program similar to the one Coursera uses to detect characteristics of the typist to prevent cheating.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/mar/14/students-cheating-plagiarism-online


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