That's Cheating: The (Online) Academic Cheating 'Epidemic' and What We Should Do About It

Pell, David (2018). That's Cheating: The (Online) Academic Cheating 'Epidemic' and What We Should Do About It. In: Baxter, Jacqueline; Callaghan, George and McAvoy, Jean eds. Creativity & Critique in Online Learning. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan / Springer International, pp. 123–147.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78298-0_7

Abstract

This chapter argues that good practice in (online) teaching such as discussed in this book should recognise that cheating by students, for example, plagiarism, essay mills, impersonation, etc., has become more common and that it should be addressed with greater determination. This assertion is based on the experience, enquiries and views of an academic practitioner. The chapter considers what academic cheating is, the digital age’s impact on it and some of the moral justifications raised for and against cheating. It explains some of the ways in which online opportunities aid cheating, offers some ideas about how such cheating can be detected and concludes by arguing that much more could and should be done to prevent and respond to it.

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