Tagged with cheating

Better Data Can Help Colleges Fight Cheating

After the answers to a final examination in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin surfaced on an unofficial class Facebook group last year, 20 charges of “academic collusion” went on the record. In what remains an unusual practice, administrators at UT-Austin began collecting data on cheating in the 1980s. Since 2003, they have … Continue reading

Cheating Lessons, Part 1

In the spring of 2012, the Duke economist and behavioral theorist Dan Ariely published a trade book entitled The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves, a fascinating account of multiple experiments in which he and a series of colleagues tested the willingness of people to cheat in a variety of situations. To make … Continue reading

Keeping an Eye on Online Test-Takers

Millions of students worldwide have signed up in the last year for MOOCs, short for massive open online courses — those free, Web-based classes available to one and all and taught by professors at Harvard, Duke, M.I.T. and other universities. But when those students take the final exam in calculus or genetics, how will their … Continue reading

Confession of a Cheating Teacher

She said she knows she’s a good teacher. But she still helped her students cheat. “What I did was wrong, but I don’t feel guilty about it,”” said a veteran Philadelphia English teacher who shared her story with theNotebook/NewsWorks. During a series of recent interviews, the teacher said she regularly provided prohibited assistance on the … Continue reading

Teacher Cheating, Student Testing and The Great Education Tradeoff

This piece is part of a leadership roundtable on the right way to approach teacher incentives — with opinion pieces by Duke University behavioral economics professor Dan Ariely, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Howard Gardner, and Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein. Try this thought experiment. Imagine I told you there was a way … Continue reading

Slip-Sliding Away, Down the Ethical Slope

“You see your roommate at his computer, writing a paper. You notice him transferring text from an online document to the paper he is writing without attribution. He changes a few words here and there so he cannot be accused of plagiarism. Is there a problem here? What, if anything, should you do?” “Professor Johnson … Continue reading