How college students learned new ways to cheat during remote learning

Flying drones, sticky notes on dogs, and virtual group chats.

Amid the pandemic shift to remote school, age-old copying is out, and these are some of the tricks students are using to cheat their way to “As” at colleges across the globe. The rise in cheating is forcing colleges and universities to adapt to the unintended consequence of students living and learning from the comfort of their homes.

A recent study led by Thomas Lancaster, a senior teaching fellow at the Imperial College London, found that the number of questions and answers posted on Chegg’s homework help section for five STEM subjects between April and August 2020 was up over 196% from the same time period in 2019. The study ruled that the increase correlated with the shift to online school and indicates students are using the tool in ways “not considered permissible by universities.”

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