Welcome to our fall edition of OJDLA.
This edition includes an array of important articles on topics from student attrition to adjunct job satisfaction to online cheating, including some articles from award-winning authors.
The topic of online cheating is surely not a new and modern one, but has once again emerged to the forefront of many conversations, perhaps even more so amongst those who are less familiar with quality online education. As the dean of USG eCampus, I occasionally evaluate academic dishonesty cases, and am still surprised with the variety of strategies that some students utilize to enhance their grades.
Yet, I do believe that the perception of online cheating as higher in the electronic classroom is well, just a perception. With technology, we are able to not only more easily verify student identity, but also more quickly recognize unusual patterns. Our roles as instructors, instructional designers, and student support professionals are critically important in minimizing opportunities and in creating an environment that fosters academic integrity.
Often this requires the development of authentic assessments and understanding student motivations to cheat. Are the materials disorganized or overwhelming? What pressures is the student facing outside of the classroom? Is academic assistance provided and readily available? Do we consistently promote honor codes and model the highest levels of character?
If a role of higher education is truly to enhance the mind, increase critical thinking abilities, and prepare students for a life of engaged citizenry, then our approaches to effectively preventing and addressing cheating should be most thoughtfully considered and delivered holistically.
Have a glorious fall.
Melanie N. Clay, Ph.D.
September 15, 2016
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Last modified: September 15, 2016