Academic integrity

Faculty members teaching online courses can assist in online identity verification.

 Encouraging Academic Integrity

Keep these best practices in mind as you develop your online course:

  • Watch for changes in your students' academic performance or writing style
  • Include a variety of formative and summative assessment instruments
  • Create unique assignments for online courses
  • Require that written assignments be submitted in steps
  • Use time limits for online quizzes
  • Use plagiarism detection software, such as TurnItIn (available through D2L, our learning management system)

For questions and concerns about encouraging academic integrity or help using TurnItIn, please email

  Academic Integrity Links

Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education - WCET, UT TeleCampus, and Instructional Technology Council

Are Your Online Students Really the Ones Registered for the Course? A WCET Briefing Paper - Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Ethics and Distance Education: Strategies for Minimizing Academic Dishonesty in Online Assessment - Melissa R. Olt, M.A., M.S.

Curbing Academic Dishonesty in Online Courses – Mike McNett, University of Illinois

Designing Online Courses to Discourage Dishonesty – Barbara Christe