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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
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New Engineering Educators
Research shows that engineering students are most likely to engage in academic dishonesty, with as much as 80% reporting to have cheated at least once [Lord, 2014]. Research also shows that students who engage in cheating in college are more likely to engage in a violation of professional ethics when they enter the workforce [Harding, 2007]. The engineering profession requires high ethical standards due to its impact on society at large. Students now have access to new sets of technological tools including third party problem-solving services like Chegg.com (“online tutors”) and extensive online availability of materials (including solution manuals), which make it increasingly difficult and challenging to monitor and restrict cheating. Research shows that faculty members play an important role in promoting academic integrity among students [Liu, 2015], yet dealing with and addressing academic integrity violations can be challenging, demanding, time-consuming and oftentimes exhausting for faculty. New engineering education faculty members may be especially intimidated to take this responsibility upon themselves. This work-in-progress paper will discuss how students are using easily accessible technology resources, especially online tutoring websites such as Chegg.com, to cheat during exams. The paper will also present some of the best practices, strategies, and tips to minimize cheating in the classroom. The paper will also discuss the importance of integrating professional ethics and academic integrity in first-year courses so that students show an understanding of this important topic and form good foundational habits as early as possible in their academic life. Our aim is to engage the new engineering educators in a lively discussion and to document different strategies that have worked well in different educational settings.
Borgaonkar, A. D., & Zambrano-Varghese, C. M., & Sodhi, J., & Moon, S. (2020, June), Fantastic Cheats: Where and How to Find Them? How to Tackle Them? Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34666
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