Unfortunately it also provides new opportunities for a fifth "C" - Cheating.
21st century technology gives students new ways to plagiarize or share work. As more and more schools embrace technology, Google Apps, Chromebooks, and more, what are we to do to address the issues of academic integrity?
I recently recorded a one-hour webinar on this topic. In the video training we take a look at cheating as well as possible options to help address the issue. These include non-technology options, as well as technology tools and resources that can help prevent or investigate cheating.
You can watch the video below, access the linked resources for the session, and read an abbreviated overview of the webinar content in the rest of the blog post:
Watch the Video
Slide Show - "Cheaters: Google Apps Edition" - Google Slides link
Training video - "Cheaters: Google Apps Edition" - YouTube link
- Change the assessments we give
- We need to move toward assessments that do not lend themselves to cheating.
- We can either reduce the motivation to cheat, or reduce the ease of cheating.
- For formative assessments we can: Reduce the points it is worth or not count the grade at all. This can reduce the incentive to cheat for a better grade.
- For summative assessments we should ask higher level, open ended, divergent thinking questions, with wider range of ways to show understanding (writing, video, presentation, etc.) This can reduce ease of cheating.
- Provide multiple checkpoints during the course of a project.
- Teach students about ethical usage of technology.
Technology options - Preventing Cheating
- Use a tool such as Google Classroom or Doctopus to manage assignments.
- This gives you access to the students' work all throughout the project.
- Learn more about Classroom here
- If giving an assessment with Forms
- Collect usernames
- Use bright theme (to see if students leave quiz)
- Shuffle questions
- Shuffle answers
- Turn quiz on and off
- Learn more about Forms here
- Teach students to cite their sources with tools:
- Research Tool (built into Docs, Slides, etc)
- EasyBib - Docs Add-on link
- Use tools that include the student personally:
Technology options - Investigating Cheating
- Revision History - Use revision history to:
- Catch copy and pasting
- See when work was done
- See who did work
- Learn more about Revision History here
- Also use Draftback extension to play back changes - Chrome Web Store link
- Searching for Source - Run a Google search on suspicious text:
- Choose a sentence or more. Put quotes around the text to look for an exact match.
- Check Sharing - See who the file has been shared with using Drive tools:
- “Share” button - who currently shared with
- “View Details” button - all past sharing changes
- Google Admins can check sharing - From the Admin Console, choose Reports, then Drive, then search an owner or title.
- Undelete Files - Google Admins can restore deleted files
- From the Admin Console, find a User, choose Restore Data, then Drive and date range
- Search terms in files - Google Admins can search for words or phrases in all files
- Go to Google Vault, run a search on Drive, in an Organization, with the Terms you want to find
Do you have suggestions for addressing cheating with students using Google Apps? Please add your ideas and resources in the comments below.