- Coursera has introduced an honor code in response to plagiarism complaints, and all massive open online course (MOOC) providers face the similar challenges in figuring out how to ensure that students are behaving ethically.
- Face-to-face testing via apps such as FaceTime, Skype and Jabber could also help solve cheating problems.
- The differences between MOOCs and traditional classes can mean that old rules and approaches to enforces ethics policies do not always translate to online learning scenarios.
From the article:
"... How does this all relate to the MOOCs? Maybe in the world of free content, assessment is the part that you pay for (already an option at Udacity).
But maybe this assessment should also include face-to-face tests online? FaceTime, Skype and Jabber are all programs that could enable this and verifying your identity in that mode is not insurmountable.
If MOOCs can be done at scale, so can assessment — but it should be a separate process, on a user pays basis and it should include face-to-face assessment where possible. ..."