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    1. 1. 5 Tactical Solutions to Reduce Academic Dishonesty<br />0<br />
    2. 2. Solution #1 – Metadata, the Free Originality Checker<br />Hidden within every Microsoft Word document is a free originality checker, called “metadata”?<br />Metadata is simply “data about data”<br />Name of the original author<br />Name of previous authors<br />When the document was created<br />Access the metadata by right-clicking on the student’s document and clicking on properties<br />1<br />Click<br />
    3. 3. Solution #1 – Metadata, Original Creation Date<br />Inside every essay uploaded by students, faculty members can easily find out when the document was originally created<br />Imagine you are teaching a History course this semester and you see that an essay submitted by a student was created almost 2 years ago!<br />Recycled papers are a common form of plagiarism<br />2<br />Click “Details”<br />
    4. 4. Solution #2 – Metadata, Check for Multiple Authors<br />If the document was last worked on by a different author, you can check the “Last saved by” row<br />More often, all authors of the document will appear on the “Authors” row<br />Another metric to check out: Total editing time (a 10 page essay shouldn’t take 5 minutes to complete!)<br />3<br />
    5. 5. Solution #3 – Leverage Discussion Boards <br />4<br /> Leveraging the discussion board component has many benefits, such as increasing student engagement, improving retention rates, and also provides some free ways to detect if a student submits inauthentic assignments. (Writing style, tone, grammar, vocabulary, etc.)<br />Get to know the personalityandwriting styleof students<br />
    6. 6. Solution #4 – Compare Time of Submitted Assignments<br />5<br />Depending on your LMS system it may be possible to download reports that will show the time that students submitted assignments<br />This can help spot potential cases of collusion on assignments<br />
    7. 7. Solution #5 – All You Have to do is Ask!<br />6<br /> If a professor makes clear that he disapproves of cheating, either in the syllabus, in the first class, or at the beginning of a test, academic honesty can rise by 12%*<br />“Please don’t <br />cheat!”<br />*Joe Kerkvliet and Charles L. Sigmund, "Can We Control Cheating in the Classroom?", The Journal of Economic Education 30, no. 4, (Autumn, 1999), 331.<br />
    8. 8. Shaun Sims<br />shaunsims@digitalproctor.com<br />(512) 921-6138<br />7<br />To find out more solutions for reducing academic dishonesty at your institution contact:<br />

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