More students, including those taking classes at the University of Colorado at Boulder, are taking online courses as either all of their education or part of their class load. However, a new study indicates that students enrolled in college classes online may be more tempted to cheat than those who attend class in a traditional setting.
The study suggests that students pay less attention to the school’s honor code when engaged in the online learning sector. Basically, the honor code is one that students and professors mutually agree to uphold. But the physical absence of a teacher could be an issue for some students, including those in Boulder.
The study was conducted by Ohio University. The study showed that the majority of students cheated in an online class.
In one study that involved an online exam with no proctor, about 7 out of 10 students cheated and admitted to it. The students looked at textbooks or notes.
By contrast, classes that are both online and traditional courses have a rate of about five out of 10 students admitted to the infraction.
CU has some ways to know if a student cheats on a test. If a student takes a test in just a few minutes that can be a clue to the professor that the student had the answers ahead of time.
Additionally, CU has plagiarism software that will let a professor know if a student has lifted words from the Internet for a paper.
However, some CU students say others use smartphones to cheat all of the time. Others contend they value their education and moral obligations too much to cheat – either online or in the real world.