Strategies for maintaining academic integrity in first-year computing courses

Judy Sheard, Simon, Matthew Butler, Katrina Falkner, Michael Morgan, Amali Weerasinghe

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    Abstract

    Safeguarding academic integrity is an issue of concern to all computing academics due to high and rising levels of plagiarism and other cheating in computing courses. There have been many studies of the cheating and plagiarism practices of computing students and the factors that can influence these practices, and a variety of strategies for reducing cheating have been proposed. This national study of first-year computing programs provides insights into what strategies computing academics use to discourage or prevent their students from cheating. Having interviewed 30 academics from 25 universities we found 21 different types of strategy, which we classified into five themes: education; discouraging cheating; reducing the benefits of cheating; making cheating difficult; and empowerment. We also found that academics often employ strategies across all of these themes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationITiCSE'17 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
    EditorsIrene Polycarpou, Guido Rößling
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Pages244-249
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9781450347044
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2017
    EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2017 - Bologna, Italy
    Duration: 3 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
    Conference number: 22nd
    https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3059009 (Proceedings)

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2017
    Abbreviated titleITiCSE 2017
    CountryItaly
    CityBologna
    Period3/07/175/07/17
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    Keywords

    • Academic integrity
    • Assessment
    • Cheating
    • CS1
    • Plagiarism

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