Center for Faculty Innovation

Madison Fellowship: Cheating Lessons (Faculty Community)

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Rose Library room 5110, CFI Innovation Hub

Tue, 27 Sep, 3:30-4:30 PM,
Tue, 11 Oct, 3:30-4:30 PM,
Tue, 25 Oct, 3:30-4:30 PM,
Tue, 08 Nov, 3:30-4:30 PM,
Tue, 29 Nov, 3:30-4:30 PM, and
Tue, 13 Dec, 3:30-4:30 PM.

Click here for a PDF preview of the application. 

Apply by Fri, 16 Sep at 5 PM.  


According to recent research, nearly 75% of undergraduate students cheat during college. Fortunately, JMU’s Honor Council reports numbers far lower than the national averages, but it is clear that such violations are still a problem here. It can be easy to blame the students, their parents, or even higher education writ large. In Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (2013), however, educator James Lang demonstrates that students cheat because their courses provide them with ample incentives to do so.

This Madison Teaching Fellowship will read and discuss Cheating Lessons to explore the phenomenon of cheating and to discover what we, as instructors, can do to create learning environments that disincentivize cheating and instead improve student learning. Participants will receive a copy of the book.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying how the design of learning environments can affect cheating among students, and
  • Generating ideas for disincentivizing dishonesty in individual classes.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes: 

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices,
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning), and
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship and teaching.

Facilitator:  Emily O. Gravett, Ph.D., CFI and Philosophy & Religion.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations, if time permits.

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