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Story Idea: “Point, Click, and Cheat” Trends

September 19, 2009

Need a classroom trend story?  It might be time for an updated cheat sheet.  As The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, it is possible that students do not “point, click, and cheat” in online classes as much as they do in classes that meet in person.

Surprisingly, in an academic arena in which physical interaction and ethical oversight are nil or next to none, according to a new study students are opting for honesty much more than we might think.  The study is just *screaming* to be fleshed out, however- it only covers a single Christian school and a few hundred students, a number of them non-traditional.

So what’s the down-low on the low or high roads favored by students at your school? Specifically, what’s the latest cheating rates or trends on campus?  Are there any particularly popular new media means through which students are attempting to get around the rules?  What do professors envision as the greatest threats to collegiate integrity in the coming millennium? What are the boldest or craziest stories to which students (maybe anonymously) are willing to confess related to the seven deadly sins of academic dishonesty?  As the study notes, these include “cheating (on tests), plagiarism, fabrication, obtaining an unfair advantage, aiding and abetting, falsification of records and official documents, and unauthorized access to computerized records.”

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