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Are Online Exams an Invitation to Cheat?

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  • Oskar R. Harmon

    (University of Connecticut)

  • James Lambrinos

    (Union University)

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This study uses data from two online courses in principles of economics to estimate a model that predicts exam scores from independent variables of student characteristics. In one course the final exam was proctored, in the other course the final exam was not proctored, and in both courses the first three exams were unproctored. If no cheating took place we expect the prediction model to have the same explanatory power for all exams, and conversely, if cheating occurred in the unproctored exam the explanatory power would be lower. Our findings are that both across and within class variations in the R-squared statistic suggest that cheating was taking place when the exams were not proctored.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2006-08.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
Date of revision: Feb 2007
Publication status: Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Education
Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2006-08

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Keywords: online; cheating; assessment; undergraduate economics; face-to-face;

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  1. Oskar R. Harmon & James Lambrinos, 2006. "Online Format vs. Live Mode of Instruction: Do Human Capital Differences or Differences in Returns to Human Capital Explain the Differences in Outcomes?," Working papers 2006-07, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.

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