Five College Consortium

Talk: James Lang - 'Cheating Lessons'

Fri, Sep 15 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Location: 
Commonwealth Honors College Building, Main Events Hall

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

When students engage in academically dishonest behaviors, they may be responding to subtle pressures in the learning environment that interfere with deep learning and nudge them toward cheating. Hence if we can gain a better understanding of the reasons for academically dishonest behavior, we can use that knowledge to improve our course design, teaching practices, and communication with students. This lecture will provide an overview of the various pressures that push student toward academic dishonesty, propose solutions for helping students learn how to do their work with integrity, and invite discussion about how to build a campus culture of academic integrity.

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series, with co-sponsorship from the Office of the Chancellor, the Commonwealth Honors College, the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

Biography: James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016) Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008). Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Time. He edits a new series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press; the first title in the series appeared in fall 2016. He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than seventy-five colleges or universities in the US and abroad. In September of 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with three universities in Colombia on the creation of a MOOC on teaching and learning in STEM education. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.

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UMass Amherst
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