Implications of Anonymity in Cyber Education

Implications of Anonymity in Cyber Education

Bobbe Baggio (La Salle University, USA) and Yoany Beldarrain (La Salle University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-723-2.ch011
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Abstract

This chapter explores the pros and cons of anonymity in cyber education and discusses possible ethical and social implications for online learning. It evaluates both sides of the anonymity issue and presents strategies that may help cyber educators and instructional designers safeguard academic integrity. The educational implications include concern for authenticity and academic integrity, and the dynamics found in social presence. This chapter discusses pertinent policy while analyzing anonymity’s potential for limiting and monitoring academic freedom and the social benefits it brings. Strategies are suggested to enhance social presence by planning for interaction through the instructional design process. The far-reaching effects of anonymity within online educational settings and group dynamics have immediate and long term implications for instruction and learning.

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