We recently read an article stating that homework is once and for all obsolete because of a new app developed making it easier for students to cheat on their homework. And in another article from Inside Higher Ed, George D. Gollin, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, states:
A larger fraction of learning comes through the wrestling around with problems. We’ve really had shot out from under us the incentives we can offer for students to actually engage with problems in a way that causes them to learn. … That means we rely on a small number of measurements -- two or three midterms and a final -- to calculate their grade.
We assert, however, that homework is one of the best ways for students to learn, and we have not lost hope in its inherent value. So we are taking this opportunity to re-share an article we published last year:
And if you're interested in specific ways professors can proactively preserve the value of online homework, check out our five strategies to combat online cheating.
We would like to hear from you. What kind of value do you place on homework assignments? How do you proactively preserve academic integrity? Please leave a comment below.
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