Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Online Students Really Don't Want to Cheat

A new study shows that most students don’t want to cheat. Research by the University of California, Riverside, found that the majority of college students will make a legitimate attempt to answer online homework questions, even when shortcuts are available.

Students in the study were asked to complete short-answer homework questions using digital textbooks that provided both “Check” and “Show Answer” buttons. The “Show Answer” button disclosed the correct answer without a grade penalty, but 84% of the students still used the “Check” button first. Just 1% of the students “blatantly cheated the system.”

“We created the material under the assumption that, fundamentally, students want to learn,” Frank Vahid, UC Riverside professor, said in an article for eCampus News. “We believed they would challenge themselves to answer questions if those questions really help them learn. We were delighted that the study confirmed our assumption. Such data not only guides us in creating and improving learning material, but can really change how teachers view and interact with students.”

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