distance education, assessment, academic integrity


With the increased attention to, and interest in, Distance Education/Online courses by academic institutions, students, and faculty, there is a concomitant increase in the difficulty of assessing the integrity of the assignments produced by students. Academic institutions see the opportunity for increased enrollment without an increase in campus facilities. Students appreciate the flexibility in scheduling and the self-paced opportunity while faculty may have mixed feeling about the drawn out interaction with and between students and the lack of assurance that assignments submitted are truly the work of the respective student. Personal experience and discussion with students and other faculty validates the feeling that some students may receive, solicit or use prohibited assistance in writing papers, solving problems, or completing projects. The issue is how academic integrity can be assured as more instruction or learning is being accomplished out of a classroom environment.

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