Friday, August 31, 2012

Academic Cheating and Detection

Harvard University has announced that it suspects nearly half of a government class of cheating last Spring semester.

One of the reasons is that technology makes it easier (less costly) to share or acquire information, even if that information is not created by that individual, but the individual presents it as information they created.  This is not a problem if you are not by assumption claiming that this is your work.  In the educational process, this is a problem, since the assignments are designed for the student to create the information or knowledge.

One thing also to note is that the detection of cheating is also easier (less costly) with information technology.  Firms like turnitin.com and the like, make cheating detection much easier and thus the costs of probability of being caught cheating higher.  For Harvard students the cost could be a one year suspension.

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