Is It Easy To Cheat When You Study Online?
How easy will it be to check the authenticity of student work?
A genuine worry with many people is – if you earn your qualification online, how does anyone really know it’s your work? This is not a new issue, and it is not confined to the Internet. People have been pretending to be other people for a very long time – and ‘fraud’ is not new. And it used to be easier – watch the film Catch Me If You Can for more on this! That’s why schools and colleges have become very good at knowing when there’s something afoot.
Accredited online educators whose students are working toward a formal qualification require proof of identity from different sources at the start of a course. And throughout the course, tutors who are working closely with students will notice if the quality or style of work changes dramatically overnight. Students who try and hoodwink their tutors in any way, either by plagiarism or by getting someone else to do the work for them, are summarily thrown off the course.
And if this does not happen, the institution itself is at fault, and will soon lose its accreditation. So they do check very carefully!
If you think about it, what’s the point of getting someone else to do your work? You will end up without the knowledge you have invested in, and your course will be useless. Just a scrap of paper …