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Strategies to Deter Cheating in Online Courses

Handout provided by Susan Martin at a Reflective Practice Meeting – Academic Integrity

Some of the strategies I use to deter cheating in my online courses include:

  1. The background of my tests is black with white letters so it is difficult to print.
  2. A script is included not to allow the document to be printed.
  3. I have a database with many questions that the test may be drawn from. A student receives a random set of questions from the database. No tests are the same.
  4. The answers are shuffled for each question. So, if the answer to a question was "a" in one student's test, the answer may be "d" for the same question in another student's test.
  5. I add new questions to the database each semester.
  6. I change discussion topics each semester. Also, the students need to give me the page number where the answer was found.
  7. I change arguments topics each semester. I require the author’s name and page number for each answer.
  8. Chapter questions require the page number.
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