A follow on paper from our ALTA-funded project exploring the learning and teaching of introductory programming within Australian Universities has been accepted for publication at ITiCSE 2017.
Judy Sheard, Simon, Matthew Butler, Katrina Falkner, Michael Morgan and Amali Weerasinghe, Strategies for Maintaining Academic Integrity in First-Year Computing Courses. Accepted for ITiCSE 2017.
Safeguarding academic integrity is an issue of concern to all computing academics due to high and rising levels of plagiarism and other cheating in computing courses. There have been many studies of the cheating and plagiarism practices of computing students and the factors that can influence these practices, and a variety of strategies for reducing cheating have been proposed. This national study of first-year computing programs provides insights into what strategies computing academics use to discourage or prevent their students from cheating and plagiarising. Having interviewed 30 academics from 25 universities we found 19 different type of strategy, which we classifies into four themes: education; discouraging cheating; making cheating difficult; and empowerment. We also found that academics often employ strategies across all of these themes.