#CFHE12 #Oped12 A reflection of MOOCs Part 4:The number one challenge in education – Cheating

I was appalled by what this post tells us about – stories of cheating.  Test taking by others is a cheating scandal that would damage education’s reputation.

Cheating in research is also on the rise.

In this post on MOOC cheating:

Frankly, why anyone who do this in a course that focuses on learning and offers no credentials, beats me. Students who cheat are really cheating themselves. If you are sure an answer is plagiarized from somewhere else (often easy to determine with a quick web search), you could simply award 1′s everywhere, which amounts to a score of 0.

Cheating could be the number one biggest problem for MOOCs as I have shared in my posts here and here.

I reckon there aren’t many formal researches (at or above PhD level) done on this cheating and plagiarism as yet, as it could be both sensitive and overly “destructive” for educators and institutions to realize.

However, if this cheating is allowed in MOOCs, then how could we be confident in giving credits to those who have done the MOOCs?

Isn’t cheating and plagiarism a WICKED PROBLEM?  No one likes it, but we don’t know how to handle it, when it is not easily and fully under the control of the MOOCs providers.  Jenny once said that educational change is a wicked problem.  I have also shared my views on those wicked problems.

What do you think about cheating and plagiarism?

What are some of your suggestions and solutions to these problems?

Postscript: A good reference paper here.

Another good research reference paper here.

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