Op-Ed: Rampant online cheating is the dark side of remote learning

Fear of getting caught is probably not enough motivation to stop all cheating students. So what can we do?

10/24/2021 10:00:00 PM

Fear of getting caught is probably not enough motivation to stop all cheating students. So what can we do? (via latimesopinion)

Fear of getting caught is probably not enough motivation to stop all cheating students. So what can we do?

Chegg reported4.9 million subscribers as of the end of June, a 31% year-over-year increase, and $198.5 million in quarterly revenue, also a 30% year-over-year increase. Among its many services is a way for cheaters to leap over the hurdle of problem-solving questions, in which students are asked to show how they got their answers. Chegg’s experts on demand can personally answer the subscriber’s unique test or homework question.

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Many CSU students see big upsides to online learning. Now, there is a push to expand itCOVID-19 forced schools to shift to online learning. At CSU, it’s sticking around in what will be a new normal.As an unintended consequence of technology allowing remote learning and exams, students are finding more and more online venues allowing them to earn grades and diplomas by cheating.

How do we curb this global supply chain of cheating and its threat to the integrity of our students and educational systems?The answer depends on the motivation behind the decision to cheat. Some students don’t think of it as cheating, as they are paying a legit company for the service; many feel pressured to get the grades and so justify the means. Other students may use these services to make up for the learning lost when in-person teaching was halted during the pandemic. headtopics.com

Many students who are cheating dodge academic consequences, as there are few technology solutions to capture original answers provided by experts, and plagiarism-catching software can’t detect original work bought and paid for by these students. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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