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Exemplars in the Fight against Syndicate Cheating

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/30/2020 | 0 comments

Over the past two weeks, Frontiers has featured its series on academic integrity and cheating syndicates. The first post considered the spectrum of threats facing higher education and our students and the second looked at the practices cheating sites use to entice (and trap?) students. To finish up the series, I’m happy to welcome Shannon […]

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How Third-Party Cheating Sites Entice and Impact Students

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/21/2020 | 1 comments

Today is the 5th Annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. We join with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) to participate and encourage other organizations, college’s and universities to sign up and participate in ICAI’s website. As we discussed last week, one of the priorities identified this year by WCET’s Steering Committee […]

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Spectrum of Threats to Academic Integrity

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/15/2020 | 3 comments

One of the priorities identified this year by WCET’s Steering Committee was to shed light on the unscrupulous practice of third party sites that entice students to cheat. WCET learned that many of our member institutions regularly issue “cease and desist” notices to organizations that violate intellectual property by copying faculty content, assessments, etc. and […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking: Accreditation, Student Identify Verification, Student Disclosures, and Other Proposed Regulations

Published by: Erin Noelle Walton | 5/10/2019 | 1 comments

This is the fourth and final post in our blog post series on the results of the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking process. You may recall that there were many issues covered by the negotiated rulemaking committee and to our pleasant surprise, consensus was reached. With so many issues, we divided our review of […]

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Negotiated Rulemaking Reaches Consensus: An Overview of Processes, Issues, and Next Steps

Published by: Erin Noelle Walton | 4/12/2019 | 6 comments

In this first of several blogs dedicated to sharing the meaningful outcomes of the three-month negotiated rulemaking sessions, Cheryl Dowd and Russ Poulin announce some exciting news and provide an overall assessment of the process and results from these important sessions. Enjoy! –Erin Walton, contract editor for WCET Consensus was a surprise! That is right, […]

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Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/2/2018 | 2 comments

We love insights and stories about improving academic integrity in all settings and we welcome today’s guest post. Beth Rubin, Ph.D., has been practicing and leading online education at for-profit and non-profit universities for the past 19 years. She is currently the Dean of Adult and Online Education at Campbell University.  Relatedly, WCET invites you […]

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WCET Summit: Ensuring Ethical and Equitable Access in Digital Learning

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/24/2018 | 0 comments

In June 2017, I had the outstanding opportunity to attend my first WCET Leadership Summit. Last year’s event focused on the essential institutional capacities needed to encourage and lead innovation. I specifically remember feeling so invigorated by every session I attended and I truly enjoyed the hallway conversations and the incredibly active social media backchannel. […]

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What Should Reauthorization Be Like?

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 3/8/2018 | 1 comments

In February 2018, we had a question submitted through our WCETDiscuss email list about the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. This prompted a discussion of how the reauthorization would or should impact distance education. The original question asked about academic integrity, specifically student identity authentication. Russ Poulin, our Director of Policy and Analysis, answered […]

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“We need a hero!” How Contract Cheating Works

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/5/2016 | 0 comments

“We need a hero!” is a recurring subject line in emails I receive from a popular contract cheating provider. In these emails, they beg me to become a “hero” by uploading my “study resources” to help others or by becoming a “tutor” to fulfill customer requests such as writing their “essay on relation between success […]

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Attacking Exam Cheating and Instilling Academic Integrity in Students

Published by: WCET Frontiers | 6/29/2016 | 1 comments

I have always enjoyed the “Spy vs. Spy” section of Mad Magazine. If you are not familiar with it check out this animated version.  In the wordless comic strip two spies battle it out against each other. The spies are identical except for one is dressed in black and the other in white. The comic strip […]

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