Use of IT in Teaching and Learning: Online exams
Exams go online for university students
discusses the prospect of online asessment in higher education.
However, online work and especially online exams raise the spectre of
new ways of cheating. Cheating in the digital age
is a podcast that discusses web sites offering pre-written or corrupted essays that students can submit to their teachers in place of their own work.
Cheating in exams in also on the rise - in 2010 Ofqual, the English exams regulator, reported a rise in cheating
- and in particular a rise in cheating involving mobile phones. According to research from 2009
, the most common ways students use technology to cheat is by:
- Storing notes on their phones for reference during tests
- Sending messages to friends to collude on answers
- Sending pictures of an exam to friends who will sit it later
- Using the Internet as a research tool during an exam
Online exams, such as those offered by MOOCs, present new issues, such as the difficulty of ensuring students are not cheating while answering and the problem of authenticating the student. How do you stop online students cheating?
and Keeping an eye on online test takers
(NY Times) outline possible solutions - including the possibility of using web cameras and even biometrics that assess a user's individual typing style.