I recently read this post/article on About.com’s Distance Learning site.
It discusses the ethics of professors who are teaching online courses creating student accounts and interacting with the other students in cognito to see what is going on.
The article states the following:
Experimenting teachers have found that they can decrease dropouts by sparking
conversation and encouraging fellow students in disguise. However, after
learning about this tactic, many students feel betrayed and deceived.
Is it ethical for teachers to pose as online students? Are the results worth the
deception? Post your thoughts in the comments section.