“There are Always Ways to Cheat” Academic Dishonesty Strategies During Online Learning





academic dishonesty, Cheating, Online Class, Student College, Online Learning


Since the implementation of online learning in various countries in the world, all educational institutions have made new learning adjustments. Universities are educational institutions that have also changed the online learning system. but online learning has an impact on academic ethical behavior. 

Purpose. the aims of this study is to determine the behavior of academic dishonesty when online learning is applied, besides that it also examines the strategies of nursing students majoring in academic dishonesty.

Materials and methods. 150 college students participated in filling out an online academic dishonesty questionnaire and we randomly selected 5 nursing students to participate in a focus group discussion to discuss their dishonest behavior during online learning.

Results. Our research shows that academic dishonesty behavior in the form of collaboration is common in online learning. In the process, student learning has strategies for committing academic fraud in various ways, including by downloading a friend’s answer file in the online system by logging in using a standard username and password that is not changed by students. In addition, the student chose to behave dishonestly by imitating his friend’s work by simply changing the name rather than trying to answer the question. and take advantage of the whatsapp group application to collaborate in cheating.

Conclusions. Collaboration in academic dishonesty predominates: one way is by collaborating in online groups to cooperate with each other illegally. We describe several other forms in detail and discuss them.

Author Biographies

Herdian Herdian, Muhammadiyah University Purwokerto

Psychology Faculty, KH. Jalan Ahmad Dahlan, Dusun III, Dukuhwaluh, Kecamatan Kembaran, Kabupaten Banyumas, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia 53182

Itsna Nurrahma Mildaeni, Muhammadiyah University Purwokerto

Psychology Faculty, KH. Jalan Ahmad Dahlan, Dusun III, Dukuhwaluh, Kecamatan Kembaran, Kabupaten Banyumas, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia 53182

Fatin Rohmah Wahidah, Muhammadiyah University Purwokerto

Psychology Faculty, KH. Jalan Ahmad Dahlan, Dusun III, Dukuhwaluh, Kecamatan Kembaran, Kabupaten Banyumas, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia 53182


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How to Cite

Herdian, H., Mildaeni, I. N., & Wahidah, F. R. (2021). “There are Always Ways to Cheat” Academic Dishonesty Strategies During Online Learning. Journal of Learning Theory and Methodology, 2(2), 60–67. https://doi.org/10.17309/jltm.2021.2.02