Online Education Programs Tackle Student Cheating

Colleges and online providers have a variety of ways to deal with academic dishonesty.

The consequences of cheating in online courses could be severe for college students.

The consequences of cheating in online courses could be severe for college students.

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"We thought about the standard solution, which is to have testing centers, but it's not a great solution from the students' side," acknowledges Daphne Koller, cofounder of Coursera. While such centers would cut down on cheating, the potential time it could take to travel to a center may hinder a student's ability to complete a course, she says. "We want to have the highest level of academic integrity, but we also want high access."

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Ohio University senior Miranda believes that beyond educating students about plagiarism or having programs in place to catch academic dishonesty, educators will need to take a hard stand against students who violate class policies.

"I don't know how each professor individually could help prevent online cheating," she says, "except for saying that the consequences for being caught will be huge."

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