Offering education and training online means that people who live outside your geographical area, who are time poor or who cannot get to regular classes, can get a chance to study. Online learning, however, can result in some students feeling isolated. It can also increase the risk of cheating, as it can be harder to get to know your online students in the same way than those you teach face-to-face.
A recent study identified that the best way to reduce cheating is to increase your students’ motivation and interest in their learning (Lang 2013 via Morris, 2014).
Increasing the intrinsic or ‘what’s in it for me (WIIFM)’ value of online learning provides a win-win situation for the online student, through more interaction with other people and a better learning experience as a result. This presentation will share how Mahara can increase the intrinsic motivation in your students and therefore reduce the chances of your students cheating.