Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Chronicle of Higher Education, Students Cheat. How Much Does It Matter?:
Cheating has always aroused strong and often opposing reactions among professors. But as pandemic teaching stretches into its eighth month, and many professors continue adapting to online teaching, they’re more divided than ever.
On one side are professors who consider themselves pedagogically progressive. They’ve adopted the perspective that many prominent teaching experts have been encouraging: Trust your students, and find creative ways to assess their learning. Yes, some students will cheat. That’s unavoidable, and policing them shouldn’t be the North Star of anyone’s teaching. Especially not during a crisis that has put students under tremendous pressure.
To professors on the other side, who tend to be more traditional, that advice falls flat. In some corners of a college, especially large-enrollment courses in quantitative disciplines with highly structured, sequential curricula, exams are seen as essential to learning. Cheating undermines their value. And no one seems to have figured out how to stop it.