High-tech cheaters target online courses

Tech-savvy cheaters are targeting online courses, writes Jeffrey R. Young for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

. . . the issue of online cheating may rise in prominence, as more and more institutions embrace online courses, and as reformers try new systems of educational badges, certifying skills and abilities learned online. The promise of such systems is that education can be delivered cheaply and conveniently online. Yet as access improves, so will the number of people gaming the system, unless courses are designed carefully.

“If there are weaknesses in the system, students will find them and try to game it,” says consultant John Sener.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON June 12, 2012

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