Philosopher Lawrence M. Hinman has a streamed video (23 minutes) on the subject of 'Academic Integrity and the Web' available free. His thesis is that there are five key aspects of academic integrity:
and that these are pre-requisites of a flourishing academic life. The Internet facilitates plagiarism, which can be carried out privately; the most successful plagiarists may never be caught. Policing this with plagiarism-detecting software is a heavy-handed solution. Far better to cultivate respect for the values of academic integrity...He also touches on the interesting question of whether the kinds of virtual identities possible on the Internet might undermine integrity by disrupting out continuity as moral selves.
Read my earlier post on plagiarism...
and a post on Hubert Dreyfus's pessimism about teaching at a distance