Cheating students punished by the 1000s, but many more go undetected

Holly Moore, SRSG, Feb 26, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A CBC survey says that "thousands" of students in Canada were caught cheating (though admittedly that means maybe one percent of theem). Of course, many more people may actually be cheating than get caught. Other studies have found around half of all students admt cheating (a figure that is interestingly consistent with the poll at the bottom of the article). I think that if the system is designed such that cheating helps you get ahead, people will cheat. Without going into the details (which I know are really the sticking point) I would want to design a system where students harm only themselves by cheating, whether or not they are caught.

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