Digital Cheating: Exploring Students' Motivation, Practices and Possible Solutions
Abstract: Cheating has been an area of concern in educational institutions for decades, especially at the undergraduate level. A particular area of concern is the increasing reports of the rise of cheating behaviors and the perceived cheating potential in online learning. As online learning continues to grow and become an integral part of education, concerns exist regarding academic integrity due to anonymity and the isolated nature of online learning. The purpose of this study was to explore cheating behaviors in an online environment, and determine students’ perceptions and motivation towards digital cheating. A survey methodology with qualitative questions was used for data collection. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected by using an online survey. Participants in this study were business undergraduate students (N=196) enrolled in online courses. Ninety-five percent of the students admitted to at least one cheating instance while taking online courses. Implications and recommendations for mitigating cheating are discussed.