- Nov 2020
We’re creating laws that stop students from looking for information.
This, and the use of propriety snooper software like TurnItIn, places commercial interests in a position of authority to actually define what academic integrity is, and to do that narrowly enough, to lock in their customer base and convince educators that they provide an essential service. In the end, they will define cheating so narrowly, and make it so universal, that it becomes impossible to avoid and so convince everyone that cheating is the only way to "learn".
Plus, let’s face it, it’s exhausting. I know faculty that are constantly monitoring for cheating. And they hate it. It’s wasted effort.
Teachers should monitor students, but for learning not for cheating. By assuming that students are learning, or trying to learn, they will engage more effectively and they will also know when students aren't really "doing their own work", and know enough about that to move the student to more productive activity. Not only is policing a waste of time, it corrupts the learning process and pits teacher and student against one another.