Cheating has always been a weighty dilemma for educators. Over the past 50 years, there has been an increase in cheating, a dramatic increase. With today's technology, it has become even easier for students to gain access to the answers. It's frustrating. You want your students to succeed, but sometimes they use immoral methods. Cheating is always going to be a problem and always has been, but there are ways that we can endeavor to decrease it!
How does AES strive to decrease cheating?
- Assessment questions and answers are randomized each time an assessment is opened. If you choose the traditional paper test route, you can print multiple versions of the same assessment.
- Only one question is presented at a time during testing.
- Limitation of feedback. Students will never see the answers to the questions they got correct but only which questions they answered correctly. For incorrect answers, they only see the answer that they submitted rather than the correct answer to the question.
- We have a one-lesson module called Digital Responsibility that includes an online agreement. You can use this lesson as is, or customize the agreement to meet your specific needs.
Just a few ways you can decrease cheating in your classroom when you use technology:
- Switch up the seating on test days. Students are more likely to cheat with their friends.
- Keep the test closed until all of the students are ready to take it.
- Have your IT department look into a Browser tab lock software to install. (More here!)
- Ask your IT department about blocking common "cheating" websites such as Quizlet.
- Have your students sign an academic honesty contract.
- Limit the use of personal mobile devices during testing.
Have your own prevention method? Share it with us; we'd love to hear it!