Guardian: More University Students Are Using Tech To Cheat In Exams

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The Guarding released the results of its investigation into cheating at British Universities.  Through freedom of information requests, the Guardian gained access to records on academic dishonesty.  The data is not complete as several universities reported no cases of cheating.

Overall, they found a 42% rise in cheating cases involving technology over just four years ago: 148 cases in 2012 to 210 cases in 2016.  Twenty-five percent of those students used electronic devices to cheat.

The worst offenders were students at Queen Mary University of London, with 45 instances of cheating.  Two-thirds of those cases involved technology.  They report that experts say the numbers are probably much higher, as some electronic devises being used–like mini camera and micro earbuds–are highly sophisticated and hard to detect.  The Guardian reports they found multiple websites that marketed electronic devices for cheating to student.  Micro earpieces for example could be had for $13.99 (or 11 Euros) on Ebay.

The full story is here.

Kessler International’s New Academic Dishonesty Survey

Kessler International recently released the results of a new student survey on Academic Dishonesty.  The most revealing parts of the survey were number of student who said they had cheated in school (86%) and the number who said it was OK to cheat (54%).  Additionally, 97% of those who said they had cheated said they had never been identified as cheating.

Kessler’s website privided this summary of their findings:

  • 86% of the students surveyed claimed they cheated in some way in school.
  • 54% of the students surveyed indicated that cheating was OK. Some went so far as to say it is necessary to stay competitive.
  • 97% of the admitted cheaters say that they have never been identified as cheating.
  • 76% copied word for word someone else’s assignments
  • 79% of the students surveyed admitted to plagiarizing their assignments from the Internet or citing sources when appropriate.
  • Only 12% indicated that they would never cheat because of ethics.
  • 42% indicated that they purchased custom term papers, essays and thesis online.
  • 28% indicated that they had a service take their online classes for them.
  • 72% indicated that they had used their phone, tablet or computer to cheat in class.

Another finding was that professors are becoming increasing unethical in the face of pressure to have their students perform well.  Students reported faculty provided exam answers in advance of exams or while students were taking exams, while others routinely curved results because of poor results.  Students also indicated they felt pressured to purchase books that the professor had written in order to complete the class.

The survey was of 300 students at public and private institutions, including online universities.

The results posted are available on Kessler’s site here.

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