A Research On The Online Classroom

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The researcher of thesis posits it is harder than perceived to cheat in the online classroom. There are many ways to check the material that posted in the online environment Most of the classwork involves written assignments, giving the instructor ample opportunity to get to know the student’s voice. Turnitin and SafeAssure are two programs that allow an instructor to check for plagiarism, as well as some options allow a student to check their papers and correct and issues before final submission. There is a substantial amount of educator/pupil contact, and a feeling of community often coalesces between the students in the class. The environment is supportive and in the researcher’s opinion this is conducive to an environment that fosters academic integrity, and student success. Students in the online environment have much more access to their instructors and the opportunity to build a relationship of mutual trust and respect. Most instructors in the physical classroom do not have the time to make contact with their students repeatedly each week. In the online classroom, there are discussion boards with multiple responses, assignments with feedback and grading, and the email and message systems inherent with the Internet. Academic Dishonesty is not a new phenomenon just one recently discovered by the popular media. Thousands of pages written and hundreds of studies in the last half century on academic misconduct, yet, no one has yet been able to find a cause or how cheating can be stopped. Gender and age, moral fiber, personality, technology, have all been examined ad nauseam. Educators have long used tried and true methods to deter cheating, these methods will continue to work, and consider new technologies. Cell phones... ... middle of paper ... ...a plan to follow a group of learners, equally divided between gender, and platform, from their first year through the end of their undergraduate study. Periodic polls of students and their instructors questioning behavior, motivation, and actions conduct via blind surveys and interviews with the students. Ideally this research would be across disciplines and age groups. By following a group of test subjects, the researcher will gain an understanding of the factors influencing academic dishonesty, and how the factors and motivations change over the period of undergraduate education. Such research could provide insight needed to plan ways to decrease misconduct, allow prevention strategy implementation before a student makes a cheating decision. Give insight to educators that could prepare future teachers with the tools to combat the plague of academic dishonesty.
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