Student Integrity in Online Classrooms

The need for hybrid and online education continues to grow and with it comes the dilemma of assessment—how does the instructor know who is actually doing the assignments? The fear is with no monitoring, students can—and will—use resources to cheat.

The Learning Technology Team at Truman recommends the following strategies to help deter a student’s ability to cheat:

  • use performance (these can be recorded and uploaded to the LMS) and project-based assignments for high-stakes assesments
  • vary assignment types and due dates
  • use test banks to limit the chance of similar questions
  • change assignments or discussion threads to eliminate copying in future semesters
  • state expectations and consequences concerning academic dishonesty
  • use a proctoring service for high-stakes exams

For a more comprehensive look at specific strategies, utilize the links below.

Strategies to Prevent Online Cheating

What is Plagiarism? Facts and resources

Designing Online Courses to Discourage Dishonesty from Educause

Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity

Strategies for Plagiarism-Proofing Discussion Threads from MERLOT

How to Reduce Plagiarism from the Journal of Information Systems Education

Ethics and Distance Education Strategies

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers

Academic Integrity Stategies in Slideshare

Cheating in Online Student Assessment: Beyond Plagarism


Proctoring Services

NCTA Proctor Consortium Participants

ProctorU  Proctoring services

Guidelines for Good Practice in Proctoring from WCET

Sloan Consortium case study

Colorado State Online Proctoring and Faculty Handout

University of West Florida proctoring guidelines


Academic Integrity Concerns in Online Classrooms

Promoting Academic Integrity Online from MERLOT

Who's Really Taking the Online Course?

E-Testing: The Future is Here

In Support of the E-Test

Communities of Integrity in Online Learning from MERLOT


Avoiding Plagiarism Resources

Harvard's Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism with MIT