Cheating in Online Courses: Is It Rampant?

David Callahan | Cheating Culture

Online education is a multi-billion industry that is growing all the time, with more universities and colleges rushing to sign up students for distance learning programs and create new “profit centers.” But there is a potential hitch here: cheating would seem to be infinitely easier in online courses than live courses. And if it’s true that online students are cheating like crazy, the entire distance learning industry could face big problems. After all, who is going to value degrees earned online if students can cheat their way to graduation?
So what’s the deal: Is cheating in online courses a big problem or not?

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