ODL, E-Assessment and Challenges: Investigating Academic Dishonesty among Pre-university Students during Covid-19 pandemic

  • G.Nagamany Govindan Center of Foundation Studies, UiTM Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil
  • Khairunnisa Othman Centre of Foundation Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor
  • Mohd Shahrudin Mohmud Centre of Foundation Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor
  • Muhammad Aiman Abdul Halim Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Pulau Pinang Kampus Permatang Pauh, 13500 Permatang Pauh, Pulau Pinang


The objective of this study is to investigate the awareness of academic dishonesty among pre-university students in Malaysia and to suggest ways in which institutions can prevent violation of academic honesty in online distance learning (ODL) assessments implemented during the covid 19 pandemic. This study is deemed valuable since academic dishonesty is observed to be on the rise since the implementation of ODL. To investigate this phenomenon, the method adopted is a cross-sectional descriptive study with a survey questionnaire to elicit pre-university students’ views on the topic of academic dishonesty. The findings of the study indicates that the students are aware of what entails academic dishonesty and the types of dishonest acts performed during ODL assessments. The conclusion of this study based on the findings, points to the responsibility of preventing academic dishonesty falls on both the institutions and the students. The recommendations offered based on the findings of this study include suggestions to address the shortcomings of the existing assessment regulations to encompass online distance learning assessments in view of the new methods of dishonest acts and to design types of assessment tasks that would significantly reduce or eliminate the opportunities for students to commit academic dishonesty.

Author Biographies

Khairunnisa Othman, Centre of Foundation Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor

Senior Lecturer

Foundation in TESL

Mohd Shahrudin Mohmud, Centre of Foundation Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor, Kampus Dengkil, 43800 Dengkil, Selangor


Foundation in TESL

Muhammad Aiman Abdul Halim, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Pulau Pinang Kampus Permatang Pauh, 13500 Permatang Pauh, Pulau Pinang


Akademi Pengajian Bahasa


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How to Cite
GOVINDAN, G.Nagamany et al. ODL, E-Assessment and Challenges: Investigating Academic Dishonesty among Pre-university Students during Covid-19 pandemic. E-JOURNAL OF MEDIA AND SOCIETY (E-JOMS), [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 31-43, may 2024. ISSN 2682-9193. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/ejoms/article/view/25687>. Date accessed: 24 july 2024.