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What IS cheating?

CollegeExam.pngStudents don't agree on what constitutes cheating behaviors - we've seen that here at COD after five semesters of surveying ALP English students on their perceptions of cheating. How can instructors ensure that everyone in their classrooms are on the same page when it comes to Googling answers, collaborating with friends, and recycling papers?

Take a look at this recent Faculty Focus post for ideas that range from discussion questions, quizzes and a cheating behavior survey that you can run in your own class:
Activities that Promote Awareness of What Is and Isn’t Cheating

"Exam" by Gerald Wildmosser is licensed under CC BY 3.0

A semester's worth of research topics

Event.pngAt a loss for a research topic? Look no further than your calendar for ideas and inspiration.
Current event databases like Issues and Controversies and CQ Researcher offer timely topics in their extensive reports which feature compelling research questions, pro & con perspectives, and thorough bibliographies.


African American History Month:
Affirmative Action: Are affirmative action programs necessary to make up for past discrimination?
Slavery Reparations: Should the government provide reparations to the descendants of slaves?
Confederate Monuments: Is it appropriate for states to display monuments to the Confederacy?

National Entrepreneurship Week:
Manufacturing Jobs: Should the U.S. government bolster the manufacturing sector?
The Gig Economy: Is the trend toward non-staff employees good for workers?


Women's History Month:
Women's Rights and Sexual Harassment: Are Further Steps Necessary to Ensure Gender Equality?
Women in Leadership: Can women achieve true equality?
#MeToo: Will the latest charges lead to a shift in corporate culture?,

Dominican Baseball Academies: Do Dominican baseball academies provide young players a path out of poverty?


World Health Day (April 7):
Health Care Reform: Has the Affordable Care Act improved health care in the United States?
Heart Screening for High School Athletes: Should all high school athletes undergo heart screening?
Obesity: Is it a disease or a lifestyle problem?

Earth Day (April 22):
Climate Change: Should the U.S. government take aggressive steps to address climate change?
Climate Change and National Security: Will extreme weather lead to more global conflict?
Autism Awareness Month: Diagnosing Autism: Should autism be diagnosed in children under the age of three?


International Workers' Day (May 1):
Unions and Labor Law: Are labor unions still necessary safeguards against worker exploitation?
Federal Minimum Wage: Is the federal minimum wage good for the economy?

Choose Privacy Week:
High-Tech Policing: Are new surveillance technologies effective and legal?
Social Networking and Privacy: Should the U.S. government mandate privacy rules for social networking sites?
Privacy and the Internet: Should Americans have a “right to be forgotten”?

Five Strategies That Will Make You a College Success

BOSSsuccess.jpgThe Learning Commons is offering a Beginning of Semester Success (BOSS) workshop called Control Your College Destiny. In this 50-minute session you will learn about:

  • Learning organization techniques
  • Studying like a pro
  • Maximizing benefits in interactions with peers and professors
  • Setting a positive mindset to success
  • Achieving your goals

Call or stop by now to register for this free workshop!
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, (630) 942-3941
Control Your College Destiny
Thursday, February 1, 2018
1-1:50 pm in the Learning Commons

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Cheat with a Tweet

File under: "Be Careful What You Wish For" - complaining about (or even mentioning) that upcoming paper on Twitter could set off an avalanche of responses offering to "help."

"It used to be that if students wanted someone to write an essay for them, they had to track someone down themselves. But these days an overwhelmed or desperate student can unintentionally summon legions of eager essay ghostwriters by merely venting frustration on Twitter."

via How Twitter Hooks Up Students With Ghostwriters


"I may have a Ph.D., but I’m not perfect" - Profs share their own cheating stories


"There’s definitely students that are lazy and are just cheating for the fun of it, but I think a huge part of it is how we’re teaching,"

Sam Hosington writes about three college professors who cheated as students and how those experiences have impacted their reactions to and understanding of cheating behaviors in their own students.

Read more online [no login necessary]

Hosington, S. (2017, October 10). They once cheated in class. Now they teach. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

Battling Cheating with Culture, Not Technology

stop-1207069_640.jpgHow do you define cheating in the classroom? Do your students share that definition?

Margaret Barthel's 2016 article in The Atlantic cites the dire statistics that show the prevalence of cheating across American colleges and universities. Experts, including the current director of the ICAI, argue that the answer isn't technological advances that can help us catch cheaters, but a shift in our culture that encourages open discussions about academic integrity and a community-wide commitment to honesty.

“There has to be space to fail. . . .There has to be an opportunity for [students] to attempt something, screw it up, and then to get feedback and correct it, without it being a semester-killing matter.”

Read more at How to Stop Cheating in College

Contract Cheating in Higher Ed

stop-the-black-market.png"The recent explosion in contract cheating has given the international community of academic integrity scholars pause for thought. ‘Contract cheating’ is not the same as the less sinister and more widely accepted practice of ‘ghostwriting’ and has ramifications for individuals’ learning outcomes, institutional reputations, educational standards/credibility, professional practice and public safety, particularly if it is somehow normalised as an acceptable way for academic work to be accomplished."

Learn more about contract cheating from SpringerOpen's post "The rise of contract cheating in higher education: Academic fraud beyond plagiarism".
Also: check out the following case studies from the most recent issue of the International Journal for Educational Integrity:

  • Baird, M. and Clare, J. (2017). Removing the opportunity for contract cheating in business capstones: a crime prevention case study
  • Clare, J., Walker, S. and Hobson, J. (2017). Can we detect contract cheating using existing assessment data? Applying crime prevention theory to an academic integrity issue

Plagiarism at Commencement

Graduates.jpgKansas community college leader accused of plagiarizing May commencement speech

In 2004, Hampton University valedictorian Tim Lee used the poem “The New ABC’s,” by Sherri ScottNovoa, in his commencement speech without attribution. In May, John D. Rios, chairman of Kansas City Kansas Community College, gave an eerily similar commencement speech, again without attribution.


Students: COD Wants Your Creative Ideas!

COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest

Enter to win $$$
AIcontest.pngThis semester the Academic Integrity Implementation Committee is hosting a contest to name the Academic Integrity information campaign and want your creative ideas for a tagline or slogan that the College can use when communicating the importance of honesty in all academic endeavors. The caption selected for the campaign will be used in advertising, publicity and informational materials for the College’s Academic Integrity initiative, slated to start this fall.

The first prize is a $1500 award that can be used towards tuition as well as in our bookstore. There will also be two $500 prizes awarded.

For more information and to submit your entry, visit

Popup Picks - Your unlimited source for free e-books!

PopupPicks (1).jpgDo you live in Illinois? Well, you are now the lucky recipient of unlimited access to curations of the best e-books from around the world and around the corner with Popup Picks! Thanks to RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), you can select from rotating collections of hand-curated award-winning SF, travel, humor, self-help, YA, graphic novels and more!

Current collections include:

  • Book Club Summer Reads
  • Girls Rule
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Popup Picks is free and easy to use - no waitlists, no library card, no checkouts. Just head to Popup Picks , select a book, and start reading.

For more options (annotations, bookmarks, favorites list, access from outside IL) you can create a BiblioBoard Library profile or download the app from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

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