How to prevent cheating by using highly interactive student specific online home activities in a large general education class

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Abstract

Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection (EGEE 102) has been taught at Perm State since the fall of 2001. Over the past seven semesters the enrollment has increased from 69 to 760. With this phenomenal growth, issues such as cheating in homework assignments needed to be addressed. To address this issue, four home activities (simulations) using Macromedia Flash were developed. The goal of these simulations is to engage students through animations and enable students to calculate their energy consumption, analyze their energy consumption patterns and utility bills, understand the economics of insulation addition, and conduct an energy audit on a virtual home. Each of the students worked with a unique data set for each of these activities. The data sets for energy consumption of appliances or monthly energy bills for each student are generated using PERL scripts and are retained in the MySQL database. These student specific datasets are delivered through the flash simulations. The students complete the required activity and submit their results via the Flash interface. The submitted values are automatically compared with the student-specific data sets and the correct numerical answers as calculated by the PHP script. This process minimized the time required for the instructor to grade the reports, increased faculty efficiency, reduced grading errors, and counters plagiarism as duplicate submissions are ineffective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings
PublisherInternational Institute of Informatics and Systemics, IIIS
Pages44-49
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9806560809, 9789806560802
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, EISTA 2006, Jointly with the 2nd Int. Conf. on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics, SOIC 2006 and 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA 2006 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 20 2006Jul 23 2006

Publication series

NameEISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, EISTA 2006, Jointly with the 2nd Int. Conf. on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics, SOIC 2006 and 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA 2006
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period7/20/067/23/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Education

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