Using Technology to Cheat
University of Phoenix
September 7, 2008
Instructor: Thea Miller
Skills for Professional Development GEN/300
The practice of student’s cheating in academics has not changed but the opportunities they have to do so have. With the increased acceptability of using technology inside the classrooms the chances of using technology to cheat has become more covert. Educators now need to become more aware of what devices are being used, how the devices are being used to cheat and what steps they are able to take to prevent the problem. This report will emphasize some of the reasons students cheat, how students are using technology to cheat, and preventative measures to prevent student cheating.
Why Students Cheat
Students choose to cheat for several reasons. They may be pressured to earn good grades by their parents, to do well academically in order to get into a good college, or even to obtain a better job (Haskvitz, 2005). Other reasons include fear of failing, low self-confidence, limited time, instructor’s negative influences on students’ education, and the assumption that the majority of students cheats.
Not achieving high marks in school are a fear that many students have. The realization that poor marks may limit opportunities is sometimes a rationale that is used to justify cheating. For example, some parents may have high academic expectations and may criticize poor performance which may lead to embarrassment and may also lead to feelings of depression and abandonment. This type of pressure can cause students to lose their confidence in their ability to succeed.
Some students do well in any subject, while some students struggle to pass and feel they need to cheat. Students who have low self-confidences feel they are not smart enough and are incapable of achieving a passing grade so they do not review, study, or make an effort to do well. Subsequently, these students may drop out of school.