Course Management Strategies – Academic Integrity

An instructor’s promotion of academic honesty is especially important in an online course. Although the motivations behind academic dishonesty are not that different for online students than students in a traditional classroom, the temptation to cheat or plagiarize is arguably greater due to the online course format and lack of direct contact with the instructor.

Best practices to promote academic honesty include:

  • Clearly state the institutional academic misconduct policy as well as your own academic honesty expectations.
  • Ensure that students understand what cheating and plagiarism are, as well as how you will handle suspected and known cases. These concepts vary across cultures, so some international students may not have the same understanding of them as students from the United States do.”
  • Have students partake in an activity or quiz that allows them to discuss their ideas and attitudes about cheating and plagiarism.
  • Write an honor code of honesty and integrity, and ask students to commit to these principles by signing their names to the document
  • Teach students necessary citation skills.
  • Emphasize the educational benefits of the course, including how students’ learning will be advantageous for other academic work and their professional careers.
  • Use multiple assessment methods and grade assessments promptly.
  • Be noticeably present in the course and involved in the activities to avoid a learning environment conducive to cheating.
  • Promptly address suspected and known cases of academic dishonesty.

 

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