Currently, online formal education is growing at a phenomenal rate; however, many fear that online courses do not provide the same rigor as on-campus courses. This is due in large part to the perception that students are more likely to cheat in online courses. A number of studies have been completed in this area and, in fact, many have shown that students are more likely to cheat in on-campus courses than in online courses; however, the perception remains. This perception affects opinions about online classes and even the reputation of the institutions offering the classes. The question then arises as to what role educators should play in academic integrity in online classes. This article provides an analysis of the existing literature on why students cheat, online versus on-campus cheating, the implications of online course academic dishonesty, and methods of lessening academic dishonesty in online classes. This article closes with suggestions for future research to aid in the assurance of academic integrity in online classes.
"An Analysis of Academic Dishonesty in Online Classes,"
Mid-Western Educational Researcher: Vol. 31:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/mwer/vol31/iss1/3