Do students cheat more in an online environment? Actually, not necessarily.
A simple, yet effective way to reinforce Academic Integrity is to request that students sign an Academic Integrity Declaration for each assignment or test.
Make sure to discuss the form with the students, pointing out that each student is personally committing to uphold the values of academic integrity by signing the form. Explain clearly what behaviours are expected and which are prohibited. Clarify if needed.
Here are two examples that you can use as is, or adapt to your specific course :
Academic Integrity Strategies video by Kristie Dukewich
Overview of Kristie's 13 tips:
1. Have a dialogue about the importance of Academic Integrity and review the Policy
2. Build rapport with your students; students who feel a connection with their instructor are less likely to cheat
3. Create cultural norms and expectations around Academic Integrity
4. Be clear about what is and what is not allowed; check for understanding
5. Make sure students know exactly what your expectations are
6. Signal to students that academic integrity is important to you, for example by including an academic integrity declaration
7. Ask for work with summative assessment
8. Scaffold assignments
9. Use smaller late penalties
10. Create assignments that are relevant to your students
11. Change assignments and exams regularly
12. Confront a violation, but without anger; instead appeal to a student's values and sense of self
13. Report the violation; this signals to students that you are serious about the issue
More tips (with thanks to the University of Waterloo)