Does Remote Instruction Make Cheating Easier?

Does Remote Instruction Make Cheating Easier? Does Remote Instruction Make Cheating Easier?

July 10, 20202 min read
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In spring 2020, students across the U.S. faced a strange new world: most headed back home, and courses moved online due to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis.


Today, colleges across the nation are making critical decisions for the coming academic year. UC San Diego recently announced that the campus will offer more than 4,750 undergraduate and graduate lecture, lab and discussion course sections this fall. Approximately 30% of courses will be conducted in person, based on plans developed by the academic units offering them. The rest will be conducted in remote or hybrid formats.


Higher education is embracing virtual learning in what could become the norm in a post-pandemic future—leading to the question: Does remote instruction and cheating go hand in hand?


Tricia Bertram Gallant, an internationally known expert on integrity and ethics in education and director of the UC San Diego Academic Integrity Office, offers guidance to ensure academic integrity, regardless of what scenario takes place in the coming years.


In the news release below you will find Gallant’s advice and insight regarding some key questions that colleges and universities across the nation have asked:


  • Is it remote instruction that can increase the chances of students cheating, or more likely the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Why do universities like MIT and UC San Diego get better results by promoting academic integrity than by trying to stop cheating?
  • What advice would you give to faculty to maintain academic integrity during this unprecedented time?



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Tricia Bertram Gallant, Ph.D. is an internationally known expert on integrity and ethics in education. She is available to speak with media regarding this very important topic – simply click on her icon to arrange an interview today.


And for those looking to know more, a series of webinars, Going Remote with Integrity webinars was created by UC San Diego in collaboration with the International Center for Academic Integrity. It is available now for viewing. 


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  • Tricia Bertram Gallant
    Tricia Bertram Gallant Director, UC San Diego Academic Integrity Office

    Tricia Bertram Gallant, Ph.D. is an internationally known expert on integrity and ethics in education

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