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Cheating. - December 15th 2016, 02:30 AM

I met yesterday, with my Unit Coordinator to discuss why he destroyed my opportunity to perform quizzes that made up 10% of my grade, by giving students fourteen hours in the middle of the night to complete them. He said that he was concerned that, considering the fact that all the questions were the same, students were going to cheat by consulting their friends, who had already done the quizzes, if they had an entire week to complete them.

"I have been here for a very long time, and I know how students behave."

That is a direct attack on my integrity as a student and I feel completely upset by that. Furthermore, that is going to be a problem in any non-formal assessment.

However, he has a point. I have performed honestly throughout my degree, and have never cheated, nor bothered to learn how to cheat. Where the fuck has it got me? Maybe I should start cheating.

How prevalent is cheating, as you have seen. I remember reporting a student that put her USB into the teacher's computer and stole the documents containing the tutorial solutions, passing it around the class. It did not come to me, curiously, but I failed later that semester.


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Re: Cheating. - December 15th 2016, 03:01 AM

I think cheating is pretty prevalent. I think that's why schools have polices about cheating and plagiarism. It's really lame that because other people cheat this person didn't feel he could trust you or the other students in your course. But, at the end of the day, he has probably seen a lot of cheating and didn't want to give people a chance to cheat.

Personally, I think he should have trusted you students until someone proved that they were not trustworthy but not everyone is like that.


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Re: Cheating. - December 15th 2016, 03:19 AM

In nursing programs, they have tried to limit cheating now by making students take tests on campus in a testing center that records you. They also make you lock your belongings in a locker.


Some programs require secure browsers too.


Cheating is pretty common.
   
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Re: Cheating. - December 15th 2016, 05:33 AM

This is definitely a product of online tests and quizzes. There is no way to stop people from taking them together, using textbooks, etc. I had an astronomy class where the professor would use some sort of online test bank to get questions. All you had to do was google the question and the exact question and answer would come up. I personally think if a professor really wants to make sure a test or quiz isn't open notes or anything, it has to be in person in class or a testing center.

If I had a class where quizzes and tests were only open in the middle of the night I would absolutely complain to the department. It's entirely unreasonable to expect students to stay up late to take a test or quiz, and as someone with a sleep disorder it would be impossible for me to do.



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Re: Cheating. - December 15th 2016, 05:42 AM

That's actually a little strange to me. Only slightly, because I've had more many professors who WANT US to collaborate over the week with other students and take the exam together. They call it collaborating, not cheating. Not all professors were like that, but a fair amount believed that this is how students learn and the point of exams are for students to learn so discussing material with other students is actually more productive than not.

Other than that situation, I'd say cheating IS fairly common. Still, 14 hours in the night time is ridiculous. There are other policies out there that make more sense to me.
   
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