Instruction By Design: Academic Integrity – Students’ Motivation for Cheating

Instruction by Design Podcast

In this episode, the instructional designers from Academic Innovation (Steven Crawford, Jinnette Senecal, Celia Coochwytewa, and Aaron Kraft) with special guest Babette Kraft (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) identify various acts that students may commit that are considered as “cheating” and discuss why students may choose to cheat on an assignment or in a course. We then describe course design approaches could help minimize cheating. Continue reading

Cheaters Never Prosper

This post was updated on March 26, 2019.


“How do you prevent cheating in online courses? Since 1995, when the ASU Online instructional design team first started working with faculty to develop online courses, this is one of the most common questions we’ve received.

At ASU Online, our aim is to preserve the integrity of our students, and the credibility and rigor of our degree programs, which requires keen attention to academic integrity.

We provide the following resources in an effort to minimize opportunities for cheating and promote academic integrity in online courses. Continue reading

3 Technologies You Can Use Today to Improve Academic Integrity In Your Online Course

Two in every three students admit to having cheated in their courses, and students in online courses are more likely to cheat than in students in face-to-face courses. Academic integrity is an issue in education and besides pedagogical and community building solutions, instructors may use technology tools built to check and prevent academic integrity violations in online courses. In this post I will briefly introduce three technologies you can use today to improve academic integrity in your online course.

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Concerns about Unethical Course Taking Services

Paying for an A?

In her article “Paying for an A,” Alexandra Tilsley of Insider Higher Ed reported on the up-cropping of unscrupulous businesses offering to take your online course for you. Though one such business,, bowed out of the black market after scrutinous publicity, fears of similar services abound in academia. As educators, how can we combat these issues?

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Why Students Cheat

When faculty are asked “why students cheat?” they often cite different reasons from what a student would say. In this video, I highlight why students cheat. We begin be looking at some of the research on why students cheat and then we look at a theory as to why students cheat in order to minimize academic dishonesty.


  1. Academic dishonesty
  2. Definitions of terms from the ASU Provost’s website
  3. Cyber-bullying
  4. Provost’s website on Academic Integrity

Defining Cheating

When someone says “Don’t cheat” what do they really mean? Students often commit acts of academic dishonesty not because they are lazy, but because they did not understand that what they were doing was considered cheating. This video will explore various definitions of cheats in order to help you communicate clearly to your students what you define as cheating. Continue reading