How Can Course Design Help Prevent Online Cheating?

How Can Course Design Help Prevent Online Cheating?

Reduce the risk of cheating in your online courses

Students have always found ways to cheat, probably since the days of Plato and the Academy—sometimes inadvertently, sometimes deliberately.

Teachers in face-to-face classrooms were able to develop a sixth sense for things that didn't seem quite right. But with students and educators at remote locations in online courses, the problem of cheating has gotten harder to manage.

Educators have been able to dramatically reduce the frequency and intensity of cheating by implementing some realistic strategies. A discussion of those strategies and how you can apply them at your own school is the subject of How Can Course Design Help Prevent Online Cheating?


Learning how to build trust with your students can nurture honest behavior and empower them to participate fully in your online courses.

When you view this presentation, you'll benefit by seeing how to:

  • Harness the power of an honor code to instill student integrity
  • Use verification for bonding students to your academic integrity goals
  • Observe whether students are showing their knowledge and skills ethically
  • Check student work with big databases—and when not to
  • Revise assignment schedules to catch and correct inadvertent cheating early
  • Rely on proctors to monitor, both directly and indirectly

Learning Goals

In a friendly and engaging presentation, the presenter reveals his multipart method proven to reduce dishonest behavior in online courses.

You'll see how to build a culture of honesty that encourages students to minimize risky coursework behaviors. You'll learn how a simple thing like clearly and repeatedly setting out expectations of academic honesty can influence a student's ethical habits.

You'll discover how to foster academic integrity among your students throughout the course—not just before exams, when papers are due, or other course milestones that carry higher consequences.

Topics Covered

In How Can Course Design Help Prevent Online Cheating?, you'll discover how presenter's three-part model—trust, verification, and observation—can actually make it easier for teachers to detect cheating and intervene early to address it.

After watching the video, viewers will be able to:

  • Identify dishonest learner behaviors
  • Apply various tactics to specific course events that encourage honesty
  • Analyze borderline or suspicious learner actions
  • Create expectations of academic honesty in their courses

You'll see the importance of repeatedly stressing integrity-building statements and directions. You'll learn where to strategically place them so that students really absorb and integrate them in their daily learning lives. The presenter will give practical tips throughout the presentation for implementing these strategies efficiently.


Sample documents, rubrics, and recommended resources that come with this video will aid your ongoing efforts. Besides slashing the risk of student cheating, the techniques you'll discover in this presentation can actually help you guide your students to become better, more ethical learners. You'll instill them with behaviors to deepen their educational experience and sharpen their internal moral compass.


In just 20 minutes, you can learn the techniques that other schools have successfully used to slash the potential of cheating, assuage student anxiety about their academic performance, and propel them toward being more honest, self-reliant learners.

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