Best Practices in Authentication and Verification of Students in Online Education

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243374
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Best Practices in Authentication and Verification of Students in Online Education
Author(s):
Smith, Cheryl Mixon; Noviello, Sheri R.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Pi Beta Chapter
Author Details:
Smith, Cheryl Mixon, EdD, RN, FNP, smith_cheryl6@columbusstate.edu; Noviello, Sheri R., PhD, RN, CNE;
Abstract:
            Educators around the world are faced with increased cheating and plagiarism in college courses. Cheating has been considered a serious problem on college campuses for many years (Watson & Sottile, 2010). Universities with online programs are challenged to provide positive identification of students enrolled in online courses in response to the U.S. Higher Education Act. This act requires accrediting bodies to monitor the efforts of colleges and universities in this process. Although college students cheat in face-to-face classes, faculty and students feel the potential for online cheating is greater. However, the evidence shows that the mode of content delivery does not have an affect on the occurrence of cheating (Watson & Sottile, 2010). When asked, a large majority of students felt it was easier to cheat in an online class (King, Guyette, & Piotrowski, 2009).  Hiring someone to take an exam or complete course requirements, as well as plagiarizing on written assignments are challenges that faculty in nursing programs must overcome regardless of the mode of course delivery. A major legal-ethical aspect of online teaching is verifying that the student who enrolls in and receives credit for a course is the same student who completes the exams and course work.

            Administrators and educators are prompted to address the rampant problems of cheating with authentication and verification of students in college courses. Best practices in online education to reduce cheating and plagiarism, as well as authentication and verification of student participation through the use of types of commercial products will be discussed.

 References

 King, C., Guyette, R., & Piotrowski, C. (2009). Online exams and cheating: An empirical analysis of business students’ views. The Journal of Educators Online, 6(1) 1-11

 Watson, G. & Sottile, J. (2010, Spring). Do students cheat more in online courses? Online Journal of Distance Learning, 13(1).

Keywords:
Cheating; Online; Education
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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dc.titleBest Practices in Authentication and Verification of Students in Online Educationen
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Cheryl Mixonen
dc.contributor.authorNoviello, Sheri R.en
dc.contributor.departmentPi Beta Chapteren
dc.author.detailsSmith, Cheryl Mixon, EdD, RN, FNP, smith_cheryl6@columbusstate.edu; Noviello, Sheri R., PhD, RN, CNE;en
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dc.description.abstract&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Educators around the world are faced with increased cheating and plagiarism in college courses. Cheating has been considered a serious problem on college campuses for many years (Watson &amp; Sottile, 2010). Universities with online programs are challenged to provide positive identification of students enrolled in online courses in response to the U.S. Higher Education Act. This act requires accrediting bodies to monitor the efforts of colleges and universities in this process. Although college students cheat in face-to-face classes, faculty and students feel the potential for online cheating is greater. However, the evidence shows that the mode of content delivery does not have an affect on the occurrence of cheating (Watson &amp; Sottile, 2010). When asked, a large majority of students felt it was easier to cheat in an online class (King, Guyette, &amp; Piotrowski, 2009).&nbsp;&nbsp;Hiring someone to take an exam or complete course requirements, as well as plagiarizing on written assignments are challenges that faculty in nursing programs must overcome regardless of the mode of course delivery. A major legal-ethical aspect of online teaching is verifying that the student who enrolls in and receives credit for a course is the same student who completes the exams and course work. <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Administrators and educators are prompted to address the rampant problems of cheating with authentication and verification of students in college courses. Best practices in online education to reduce cheating and plagiarism, as well as authentication and verification of student participation through the use of types of commercial products will be discussed. <p>&nbsp;References <p>&nbsp;King, C., Guyette, R., &amp; Piotrowski, C. (2009). Online exams and cheating: An empirical analysis of business students&rsquo; views. <i>The Journal of Educators Online, 6</i>(1) 1-11 <p>&nbsp;Watson, G. &amp; Sottile, J. (2010, Spring). Do students cheat more in online courses? <i>Online Journal of Distance Learning, 13</i>(1).en
dc.subjectCheatingen
dc.subjectOnlineen
dc.subjectEducationen
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:21:20Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:21:20Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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