Yes, I have. I have also been reading a great deal about assessment for/of/as learning. One of the sad reality is that teaching online this spring 2020 has allowed a bit of “cheating”. That is an understatement! Everyone is complaining. It is much more than a bit. It is a worldwide phenomenon. I am concerned.
Let us face it. We all know that some students prefer the easy way out. Some have not been taught the value of academic integrity. Others see these values not applied or not adhered to in their classes. So, they probably ask why should “we” care!
Why is there a huge surge in numbers of academic integrity cases these days? I know in some universities the numbers have even doubled or are rising exponentially. I have no answer. I am worried.
Another issue comes to mind, and this really makes me wonder. Some “educators” are still asking this question: “How can I assess my students online?” Seriously! Unbelievable! It is as if spring 2020 is the first time ever academia has offered online or distance learning courses! Are the two main issues related: cheating & lack of proper online assessment? Probably … The question that immediately comes to mind is: What are we “educators” going to do about this?
Well, let me be honest. Some students cheat, and will continue to do so whether online or face to face. May be we cannot completely stop them from engaging in the many forms of cheating, but I will certainly do my very best to make it EXTREMELY hard to get away with it.