Understanding Cheating in Online Courses
Concordia University Wisconsin
May 6, 2013 to Jul 1, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Some of your work will be assessed by peers
- You will be expected to work with a group of other students
- Intended for educators or professionals
Full course description
What is cheating? Do students do it more online than in traditional face-to-face courses? How do students cheat online and what strategies are instructors and institutions using to minimize it? How can course design and instructor/facilitator behavior impact student attitudes about cheating and academic honesty? What philosophical and psychological factors can inform our thinking about the subject? These are some of the many questions that will be explored in this course.
Participants in this eight-week open course will examine philosophical and psychological perspectives on cheating; consider instructor, institutional, and student perspectives on cheating; learn about specific strategies and practices used by students to cheat in online courses; and develop a plan for cultivating a culture of honesty, integrity, and accountability in online courses. The end goal of the course is for participants to gain a deeper understanding of cheating in online courses.
Bernard Bull, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President of Academics and Associate Professor of Educational Design & Technology
Dr. Bernard Bull currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Academics & Associate Professor of Educational Design & Technology at Concordia University Wisconsin. Bernard has a B.A. in history and education, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Liberal Studies, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology. He has been involved in efforts to promote educational innovation since 1995, when he piloted a small online high school program in Illinois. He currently leads a team that serves 19 online programs ranging from bachelor's degrees to professional doctorates. In addition, Bernard is a frequent speaker on topics related to online learning, educational innovation, and digital culture. Since 2007, he has given over 70 invited and/or keynote presentations in a variety of venues. In addition to his passion for educational innovation, one of his primary research interests over the last decade has focused on the social, cultural, and ethical implications of technology in formal and informal learning environments. He is a strong advocate for embracing educational innovation while rigorously and relentlessly examining both the affordances and limitations of any innovation or educational technology. According to Bernard, "If we are to retain our humanity, then it is imperative that we persistently and deeply study how humanity influences the digital age, and how the digital age influences humanity."