Monday, November 17, 2014

Think Students in Your Class Might Be Cheating? Here’s What to Do

The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 17th, 2014

Cheating has made headlines again in recent weeks with investigations at Dartmouth College and Duke University. The details of the two cases are different, but both involve alleged violations by many students in a single course, suddenly thrusting the instructors into the high-profile role of guarding their institution’s academic rigor.
At Dartmouth, a religion professor noticed a discrepancy between the number of students answering questions with clickers and the number who appeared to be in the room in his "Sports, Ethics, and Religion" course. After a bit of sleuthing, the professor, Randall Balmer, determined that some students were using the clickers for other students to make it appear that the absent students were showing up and completing in-class work—a violation of the college’s Academic Honor Principle. (See timeline.)
So while he did not relish the duty, Mr. Balmer felt obliged to report the incident. "If students are obligated to abide by the terms of the honor code," he figured, "professors are as well."

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