Cheating During the Pandemic: An Ethical Dilemma in Academia

Do the Ends Justify the Means? It’s no surprise to me that many college students are finding ways to cheat during online testing in our COVID-19 environment. According to a survey by Wiley, 93 percent of instructors think students are more likely to cheat online than in person. One-third said... Read more →


EDI Courses in Higher Education: Are They Doing Any Good?

Boise State's Experiences Last month it was announced that Boise State University was suspending a course following allegations that the in-class instruction had humiliated and degraded some students over their beliefs and values. The suspension affected roughly 1,300 students in 52 sections of UF 200: Foundations of Ethics and Diversity,... Read more →


Are Teacher Evaluations Useful?

The Good and the Bad I recently read a study by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching that provides a useful perspective on the usefulness of teacher evaluations. Students have been evaluating teaching performance for many years so the time is right to reflect on the findings. As a professor emeritus... Read more →


Developing Soft Skills In Higher Education

The Key to Saving Society From Itself Most educators are aware of the importance of technical skills in fields like accounting, computer technology, engineering, finance, and the sciences but do not necessarily recognize the importance of “soft skills” to carry out technical skills in a way that communicates personal values... Read more →


Creating an Immersive Experience and Active Participation of Students in E-Learning During COVID-19

Engaging Students With Online Instruction My “Ethics Sage” blog this past Tuesday addressed some of the questions for instructors in preparing to create e-Learning experiences using Zoom. Here are those questions. What techniques are available for E-Learning? What are the limitations of E-Learning? How can we develop and nurture an... Read more →


Why Do K-12 Kids Cheat on Online Tests?

Blaming Others For Their Ethical Failings By all accounts the number of students that cheat on online tests has increased over what it would have been with in-person tests. There are many reasons for the increases, not the least of which is to blame others for their behavior. Cheating seems... Read more →