Commentary to Part I

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Abstract

We are in a new era of academic cheating, but not necessarily because there is more of it. Rather, cheating 2.0 is all about new technology for Big Data, whether searching databases for papers to plagiarize, checking submitted work for plagiarism, or analyzing tests for patterns of performance. For faculty, catching cheaters is about system-level monitoring to detect patterns. That is, cheater detection is partly about comparing the individual student’s ongoing performance to a sudden, surprising leap in performance, prompting a closer look. Cheater detection on tests in particular is also about comparing two or more students’ performance for a surprising similarity in the errors they make (accurate performance being less diagnostic because it is less idiosyncratic). Likewise, while twentyfirst-century technology makes plagiarizing easier, mainly thanks to the Internet, it also makes catching students committing plagiarism easier, for the same reason. Recall that just a couple of decades ago, with only physical library resources available to both students and educators, both plagiarising and catching plagiarisers were time-and effort-consuming tasks. Faculty do engage in system-level monitoring to detect odd patterns, and new technologies help here. But as this part has shown, deciding how to manage cheating is a more human process, creating a teachable moment for the student, the instructor, and the institution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages11-12
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781139626491
ISBN (Print)9781107039735
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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