Funny or sad: Cheating at online quizzes
Posted October 11, 2016on:
I tweeted this yesterday.
It is sad because two parties resort to cheating.
The teachers are cheating themselves if they think that quizzes will ensure learning or student effort. In doing so, they also cheat students of better online learning experiences.
The students are cheating because they have not taken ownership of material they have been told to learn. They would rather take shortcuts because the work seems meaningless.
It is funny because of the punitive workarounds both sides use.
Teachers try to reduce or prevent cheating by implementing technical workarounds with the help of IT or backend folk.
The students get creative with different methods like multiple instances of open browsers or working in small groups.
Perhaps these moves are not funny. They are laughable because they are all trying to beat a legacy system designed to sieve and sort for the industrial and paper age. That is how things get sad again.