Online education is a very common form of learning today. Various people learn making use of different internet softwares available now. Forms of technologies used include computers, smart phones and the internet.
Meanwhile, this new form is learning has it’s own problems. There are various ethical issues now involved in online education because of it’s distance nature. A lot of people engage in cheating, identity theft and so much more just to get a degree.
Student participating in the learning process might not be the ones who get the academic certificate. This has led to numerous ethical concerns and issues about online learning. To drastically reduce dishonesty in online education, there should be appropriate assessment checks put in place.
During assessment period, several means should be put in place to ascertain the right person is being scored. During assessment time, there should be various mechanisms in place to discourage those trying to write for others to ensure the right person is assessed.
Examiners should ensure that every student logging in the right person registered by taking strict accreditation method like online conferencing which requires the person that starts the registration to engage in other scoring activities.
The examiner should also make use of a strict accreditation method like visual conferencing to ascertain the image of the person doing these activities to the image of the person who registered.
Assessments should minimize all forms of dishonesty. There should be a time limit for each test and exam, this limits people from getting answers from other sources during the exam in fear of their time running out. This approach reduces the possibility of cheating.
These Strategies ensure honesty of ethical conduct. It promotes accountability in the examination process. Another way to curtail cheating is by observing students demographics. Observing these demographics help make sure that all the students finish examination at a uniform time.
These are effective ways that drastically reduce any form of teaching, it is strongly suggested because it has an immediate effect and high success rate . It makes online learning interesting and effective for both tutors and students.
Online education gives the user the opportunity to cheat because they can engage themselves in online searches during an exam. This brings about plagiarism and dishonesty in the process.
Online assessment methods should include all these possibilities. It should provide adequate prevention method against such instances. The learning procedure should reveal the skills and competencies of the learner. Any form of dishonesty will give false results (Oosterhof, Conrad & Ely, 2007.
The above assessment methods will prevent all forms of various cheating and dishonesty involved in this schedule. The use of plagiarism software to cross-check assignments submitted is also a very major tool used to combat online cheating during online tests.