Is the landscape of cheating changing?

For your review: the youtube video causing a sensational discussion about cheating students.

And a pretty interesting piece by US News & World Report:

“…More tech-savvy professors: Barbara Christe, program director of biomedical engineering technology at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, says she usually catches three or four students a year with her Web “honey pots.” She sets up phony Web pages that specifically answer questions in her homework assignments and tests with blatantly out-of-date or inaccurate information. Because they are tailored for her course material, her sites typically show up first in Google searches. It’s easy then for Christe to snag those students who took the bait and simply cut and pasted information. Instead of automatically flunking the guilty students (who are typically freshmen), in most cases she tries to use the incidents as a chance to teach how to correctly vet a source.

Christe also often signs up as a student for her own online courses under an assumed name. That way, she says, her alter ego gets many of the E-mails her students send to each other. Occasionally, she’s caught students posting answers. More often, she says, she’ll see an E-mail from a student complaining or asking for help. Then she’ll contact the student and say, “I heard from a student that Assignment 7 is really giving you a challenge,” and offer to help. … “We’re gradually waking up to the fact that in real life, it is all about working together…”

Lee LeBlanc
~TTW Contributor~

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