Preventing Academic Dishonesty
Cheating and other dishonest behaviours are serious problems4, but when we focus more on the activities and assessments that encourage deep learning5, we will find that students will have fewer reasons to cheat and will cheat less often2. Moreover, students are less likely to cheat if they are invested in the course material and if they feel that they will be successful2.
Under the Teaching Resources heading (see above), you will find suggestions for preventing plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty in traditional and non-traditional (e.g., online) learning environments that are listed and described briefly. We have gathered these suggestions from various online and print sources made available through departments, units, and faculties at the University of Manitoba, as well as from U15 universities and other universities across Canada (e.g., University of Alberta, McMaster University, and Dalhousie University) and the United States. You may have incorporated some of these ideas into your teaching practice already, but it is our hope that you will find some new strategies to try.
Because the demands and objectives of each course are different, not all of these ideas will be appropriate for all learning environments or topic areas. For example, if you teach an online course, you may need to think creatively about how to incorporate some of these strategies. The number of students registered in your course is another consideration. Choose the tips you think will be applicable to your lesson plans, assignments, and exams. Customize your dishonesty prevention program to the needs of your students for optimum effectiveness.
If you need assistance in developing and implementing a particular teaching strategy, you can contact us at the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.