Due to the emergence of online testing during this academic term and my own experience, I think it's worth posting some thoughts on academic honesty for this forum.
Recently, I was helping to grade a university online final exam in differential equations. During the exam, we found that over the course of the 2+ hour test that all questions had been posted verbatim (and some answered) on an online service which I will not mention here before the exam had ended.
I'm not saying that this happens on this site. What I am saying is this: being the end of the academic term, and with all these social distancing measures in place, I think it is worth being extra careful about maintaining a culture of integrity on this forum. Here are just a few ideas that others may wish to supplement.
- When answering a question, try to wait at least 45 min to 1 hour before you submit your answer, especially if the question is multiple choice and/or looks like it was copied verbatim from a document.
- It is not always necessary to give a complete answer. In fact, it is suggested in the policy on this site to give students help without giving every detail of the answer.
- Utilize comments. Sometimes, it can be enough to simply give the right general approach or starting point on how to solve a problem.
Thanks for any follows to this question and response!