Activities that Promote Awareness of What Is and Isn’t Cheating

cheating in college classroom
Although some behaviors are pretty much universally identified as cheating (copying exam answers, for example), we’re not in agreement on everything. Particularly significant are disagreements between faculty and students (for example, students don’t think cheating occurs if they look something up on their phone and can’t find it; faculty consider cheating in terms of intent). In many cases, there is the question of degree (when, for example, collaboration crosses the line and becomes cheating). The effectiveness of cheating prevention mechanisms can be increased by clarifying upfront what is and isn’t cheating. Here’s a collection of activities faculty can use to ensure that students understand the behaviors that constitute cheating.

To continue reading, you must be a Teaching Professor Subscriber. Please log in or sign up for full access.

One Response

  1. In the past I have always included a section on academic integrity in my syllabus quiz – a low-stakes-quiz which I always give at the beginning of the semester. After reading through this section, I think that in the future I will set aside a section of the quiz concentrating on cheating specifically.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Articles

I have two loves: teaching and learning. Although I love them for different reasons, I’ve been passionate about...
It wasn’t until I described how watching Ian McKellen’s explication of Macbeth helped me recover from a lousy...
Picture this: Days before your semester begins, your students are messaging each other about how excited they are...
Many of us would like to have a textbook tailored to our specific course, but since publishers cannot...
Have you activated your own AI companion yet? Not sure how to explain a certain concept in class?...

Why do I teach? You might as well ask, “Why are you breathing?” That’s how essential teaching has...

Crafting effective AI prompts figures to be one of the most important skills students will need in their...

Are you signed up for free weekly Teaching Professor updates?

You'll get notified of the newest articles.