Do we need to finally solve for online cheating?

With so many of our students learning online this fall, do we need to finally do a better job solving for online cheating?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, more and more institutions are ramping up their proctoring technology along with their broader moves to online learning. But is technology our only answer, or can we adjust the stakes altogether?

For example, David Rettinger from the University of Mary Washington suggests replacing exams with lots of “low-stakes” quizzes, to prevent the real and mental fear that this single exam means everything.

The takeaway? We can all move to systems where we have webcams proctoring our students with browser lockdown software, or we can try adjusting the incentives for cheating altogether?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.