Distance Assesment?

October 27, 2007

So how do we know that students are doing their own work? If a course is designed so that the instructor and student are never face to face then you may never know if the student is cheating or not.

During instruction with the teacher and learner in the same room the teacher can monitor the students to be sure that the work that they turn in is their own.

The old saying goes that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. Teachers must also “sell” the instruction. If the assignments are pertinent or at least quasi interesting I think that the incidences of academic dishonesty will go down.

Another way to limit cheating in the distance education is to gear the instruction in a manner that allows/requires students to actively complete projects. If a student did try to let someone do their work for them they would have to reteach the class to that person up to that point.

You can never remove cheating totally but instruction can be produced in a manner so that the students are driven to do the work.

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One Response to “Distance Assesment?”

  1. dancingnancy533 Says:

    Interesting activities do help to limit the amount of cheating going on. If students really want to learn they will put more effort into the assignment than one that they just want to get by.


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