CHEATING IN THE DIGITAL AGE: How Higher Education Can Protect Itself from New Forms of Academic Dishonesty

Concurrent Session 8
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Brief Abstract

This presentation will examine the what and why of academic dishonesty, technology's role in cheating and prevention, and how to protect institutional integrity.

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Jarrod pioneered the online proctoring industry in 2008 when he founded ProctorU and created a patented proctoring process that is now used worldwide. Under his leadership, ProctorU has become the largest provider of online exam security in the industry. Jarrod has been a prominent advocate for academic integrity, specifically working with the US Congress and Department of Education on the issue of financial aid fraud. He is a sought after speaker in the areas of education technology, online proctoring, academic integrity and identity verification, and is active in many industry associations. Jarrod has been listed by The Birmingham Business Journal as one of Birmingham’s Top 40 Professionals Under 40 and named one of the 20 people to Lead Birmingham in the next 20 years by BHM Biz Magazine. As a former student of the University of Florida, he has been honored four consecutive times with the Gator 100 award.



Extended Abstract

A post-secondary education is now seen as critical to building a successful career. Pair that with the rising cost of college and the impact of student loan debt and higher education transforms into a high pressure situation.

Contemporary examples like the Harvard cheating scandal, SAT cram schools in parts of East Asia, and far-stretching financial aid fraud rings hitting schools are representative of this new environment for colleges and universities.

This presentation will analyze the evolving motivation for cheating, the tools used in facilitating and combatting it, and other methods institutions can utilize to protect their reputation.