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Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs


A "flipped" classroom: students watch video lectures at home and work on problems in class.

Credit: Ida Lieszkovszky / StateImpact Ohio

When you cheat, you only cheat yourself," is an oft-repeated pearl of wisdom from teachers, parents, and enlightened students alike. Nevertheless, 65–75% percent of college-age students have admitted to cheating at one time or another, according to surveys conducted in the early 1960s, and recent studies indicate cheating still remains rampant. Indeed, Harvard University forced out 70 students for cheating during a May 2012 final exam, and in 2015, more than 60 Dartmouth College students were accused of cheating in a sports-ethics class.

In response to such incidents, as well as growing pressure from accreditation bodies, employers, and even alumni, traditional campus-based institutions and online universities are implementing technological solutions for stopping cheaters.


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