Other Ways Instructors Can Prevent Online Cheating
Not all tools used by instructors to prevent cheating are high-tech. There are also some simple steps they can take to help keep students honest3:
Question Formation: Instructors who formulate questions and answers that include videos or audio can prevent students from taking screen shots of the test.
Variation of Questions: Tests that require either only true or false or only multiple-choice answers will bring in a high number of cheaters. Instructors need to have a variety of question types, including fill in the blank, matching, fill-in-the-blank, sorting, etc.
Create a Question Bank: A great way to prevent cheating is for instructors create a list of questions and randomly deliver them to your students. This will prevent students from contacting each other for answers.
Impose Time Limits: Track and limit the time students spend on a quiz. Students who take abnormally long periods of time to complete a quiz or a test may not be honest in how they are getting those answers.
Block User Progression: This tool prevents progression to the course’s next lesson until the quiz or test is passed. This prevents students from jumping ahead.
With some creativity and common-sense, educators can be realtively sure they are doing their best at preventing cheating in their classrooms. Which one of these methods did you find the most surprising? Are there any other effective methods you've encountered?