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Fantastic Cheats: Where and How to Find Them? How to Tackle Them?

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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New Engineering Educators 3 - Grading: Grate or Great

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Ashish D. Borgaonkar New Jersey Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ashish Borgaonkar works as Asst. Professor of Engineering Education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Newark College of Engineering located in Newark, New Jersey. He has developed and taught several engineering courses primarily in first-year engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and general engineering. He has won multiple awards for excellence in instruction. He also has worked on several research projects, programs, and initiatives to help students bridge the gap between high school and college as well as preparing students for the rigors of mathematics. His research interests include engineering education, integration of novel technologies into engineering classroom, excellence in instruction, water, and wastewater treatment, civil engineering infrastructure, and transportation engineering.

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Christina Marie Zambrano-Varghese Rutgers University-Newark

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Christina Zambrano-Varghese is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark, where she teaches a wide variety of courses ranging from introductory to upper-level research methods. She has conducted research on plagiarism prevention strategies and has transformed her courses to achieve academic honesty among all students. She was the 2018-2019 Chancellor's Scholar-in-Residence, responsible for organizing faculty development workshops and developing protocols to enhance teaching across disciplines, focusing in particular on the teaching of professional writing across disciplines and prevention of academic dishonesty.

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Jaskirat Sodhi New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Dr. Jaskirat Sodhi is interested in first-year engineering curriculum design and recruitment, retention and success of engineering students. He is the coordinator of ENGR101, an application-oriented course for engineering students placed in pre-calculus courses. He has also developed and co-teaches the Fundamentals of Engineering Design course that includes a wide spectra of activities to teach general engineering students the basics of engineering design using a hands-on approach which is also engaging and fun. He is an Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow and the recipient of NJIT's 2018 Saul K. Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award.

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Swapnil Moon

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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 (“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, 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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