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Academic Dishonesty in the Age of Remote Learning

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In this episode, we talk about academic dishonesty in the age of remote learning. The coronavirus pandemic has forced universities across the country to close their doors and transition to fully remote, distanced learning. This new mode of learning has brought up concerns within academia regarding academic dishonesty and other related infractions upon academic integrity. We’ll discuss a recent virtual townhall held for the Georgia Tech community at large regarding academic integrity and the implications of several strategies that some universities across the United States use to maintain that integrity.

A student taking a written exam in class on a desk

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Georgia Tech virtual townhall discussing academic integrity
  • Remote learning has brought up concerns about cheating and other infractions on academic integrity
  • Tutoring websites have been misused as platforms for cheating to take place
  • Students express a great deal of concern with remote proctoring services invading their privacy
  • Cheating can be the result of desperation in students due to added pressures and stress
  • Students generally want to protect the reputation of their school and degree
  • In general, students in fact support measures to mitigate cheating in their classes
  • Strategies that some schools have employed to mitigate academic integrity infractions from UC Berkeley’s Best Practices for Remote Examinations
    • More assessments to spread out grade points distribution
    • Plagiarism checkers
    • Refrain from curving
    • Make exams open-book
    • Make exams collaborative
  • Some schools have honor codes with few measures for mitigating cheating and still observe no cases of widespread cheating

Your hosts: David Chuong and Julian Vu

Music: “Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar is licensed under a Creative Commons License.