Online cheating is not inevitable

The proliferation of apps that help students cheat is seen as unavoidable (“Rampant online cheating is the dark side of remote learning,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24). Yet I maintain that cheating can be dramatically reduced if changes were made in how courses are taught.

At present, learning is a guessing game for students. What material is most important and will therefore be tested?  As a result, students look for help in studying. But would happen if professors made it clearer exactly what students should know?  I don’t mean giving them the questions beforehand.  Instead, I mean stating what behaviors students will be expected to demonstrate. If that were the case, the incentive for cheating would be almost eliminated.

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