Academic Integrity: Online Classes Compared to Face-to-Face Classes


Trends toward an increase in online courses suggest the need for more research on differing levels of cheating and other acts of academic disintegrity as compared to face-to-face classes. We surveyed 639 students in both types of classes. Students felt it was easier to cheat in online classes than face-to-face classes. For students taking both online and face-to-face classes, we found that cheating occurred more frequently in online classes. However, students who took only online classes were less likely to cheat than students who took only face-to face classes. The relationship of age to taking online classes and cheating offered an explanation for the contradictory finding. Sex differences in cheating behavior were absent. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Instructional Psychology is the property of Educational Innovations and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)



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