Week 5: Ethics in the classroom

This is one of the moral difficult readings for me. I really have anxiety about cheating and plagiarism in my classrooms. I have had instances when the student turns in papers or answers that are plagiarized. I usually begin every instance of an infraction or a possible infraction by talking to my supervisor or a faculty member I trust. I don’t necessarily give the mentor details about who the student is, but I look for their experience in similar situations. They’ve given me a lot of ways to handle the issue including reporting it at times.

One of the ways that I have handled cheating is to try to create assessments that are difficult to cheat on. Rather than students picking A, B, C, or D in a multiple choice exam, I will try to assess them using essays or short answers. In political science and international relations, we have the luxury of testing a student’s critical thinking. I don’t want to make an assessment typically where the student can pass by just parroting back the facts that I gave to him or her.

I really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this topic. It’s something that unfortunately is not going away.

One thought on “Week 5: Ethics in the classroom”

  1. Hi,
    I’m sure it can be really stressful having to monitor the integrity of an entire classroom of students, especially with technology. I think the idea of using short answer is a good one because it forces students to demonstrate their knowledge on the subject rather than guessing on multiple choice if they are unsure of the correct answer.

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