As online learning grows more and more prevalent, so does the need for academic integrity. Cell phones and the Internet offer access to more information than a person could ever use, so what’s an educator to do? Though academic integrity has always been a concern for educators, academic integrity and online learning presents a different challenge for schools and districts. Limiting Internet access at schools and taking away phones can be good options, but these are surface-level solutions. To ensure academic integrity, schools and districts must start by helping students to understand why they shouldn’t take the easy way out with their schoolwork.
The most basic answer to that question is if students don’t honestly complete their schoolwork, they’re cheating themselves out of an education. This can have lasting consequences—if students don’t learn and understand how to add numbers together, how can they successfully make their way through algebra, geometry, and more complex mathematics? For some students, hearing that cheating hurts them the most is all they need. For others, it’s not so simple, so check out our infographic to learn more about academic integrity and online learning.
Academic integrity has always been an important consideration for educators, and fortunately, many of the same policies and tips apply in both traditional brick-and-mortar learning and online learning. Technology opens up a lot of doors, so there are additional steps you can take to go further in ensuring academic integrity in online learning. What has worked well with your students?