Although there is no magic pill for curing the cheating epidemic, it is clear that higher education institutions need technologically advanced strategies to tackle tech-savvy cheating sites like college paper writing services. That’s why in recent years, a growing number of academic integrity departments have been partnering with IT teams.
“There is some overlap with what our cybersecurity teams do,” says Evan Lowry, assistant general counsel at Southern New Hampshire University. “For example, detecting a contract cheater who is entering the learning management system is not so different from detecting other types of intrusions. You’re looking for anomalous behaviors, like multiple login attempts. And maybe an impossible login scenario, like a student logging in from California five minutes ago, and then logging back in from the other side of the world.”
As higher education IT departments rise to the challenge of protecting academic integrity in online classrooms, here’s a look at what some universities and colleges are doing.
Crawler Bots Seize Course Materials from Cheating Sites
At the University of Maryland Global Campus, IT innovation has played a pivotal role in helping the institution detect and deter contract cheaters at scale.
It came down to a battle of the bots.
UMGC has developed an AI-enabled crawler bot that can scan hundreds of academic cheating sites at once.
“UMGC uses machine learning technology to vacuum up our materials from over 700 sites that are the most common offenders,” says Douglas Harrison, vice president and dean of the school of cybersecurity and information technology at UMGC.