The loophole generation

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John C Fischetti, Professor (Creator)
Jennifer Summerville, Assoc. Dean, Distance/Weekend Coll. (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Abstract: When we speak to colleagues across campus and across the country, almost everyone who teaches online tells the same stories. An increasing number of students spend considerable energy seeking, finding, and negotiating loopholes in online course assignments. While this behavior is not new or shocking, the anonymous, self-driven nature of online classes may exacerbate the tendency (Kennedy et al. 2000). Rather than the exception, this behavior is becoming the rule. In what follows, we address some of the further factors—particularly related to information technology—that pose special challenges to online instructors as they face a new generation of students, and we outline some of the more typical behavior patterns that such instructors are likely to encounter in their work. We then provide some recommendations for how instructors can disrupt these behavior patterns while stressing the vital link between ethically responsible practice in the university and the similar expectations students will encounter in their professional careers.

Additional Information

Summerville, J., & Fischetti, J. (2007). The loophole generation. Innovate 4 (2). Retrieved from
Language: English
Date: 2009
Cheating (Education), Distance education, Generation Y--Education (Higher), Web-based instruction
Web-based instruction
Distance education
Cheating (Education)
Generation Y--Education (Higher)

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