An Educators Guide to Cheating
I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.-Sophocles
Beware the Bathroom
1The Cheat: Students leave course materials in the bathroom as a reference for individuals or a group.
BUSTED! This cheat is surprisingly prevalent and can involve mobile devices. The easiest way to bust this cheat is to limit bathroom breaks and require students to leave their mobile device with you prior to leaving the classroom.
Beware the Mobile Device
The Cheat: Students receive answers to exam questions on their mobile device (perhaps someone is texting from the bathroom!)
BUSTED! Many instructors have banned devices on exam days.
Beware the Innocent Looking Piece of Scrap Paper
The Cheat: This is an oldie, but a goodie. The scrap of paper may contain answers.
BUSTED! Be aware of what students have in front of them during exams. Get up and walk around as students are taking the exam. Paper is a necessary part of most exams, but if something looks fishy, investigate further, or as one instructor suggested, you provide the paper.
Beware the Browser
The Cheat: google.com
BUSTED! Lock down the browser so that no other windows can be opened during the exam. Ask your IT coordinator how to do this if you are unsure about how to implement.
Beware the Burglar
5The Cheat: Sneak into professors office and steal the exam.
BUSTED! Yes, this still happens! But, a move to online exams with question pools and algorithmic questions will thwart any potential breaking and entering.
Beware the Chairs
The Cheat: Students sit next to one another to cheat, or place notes under the desk to retrieve on exam day. BUSTED! Theres a very simple solution to this tacticassign random seats on exam day.
Beware the Smart Watch
The Cheat: the Apple Watch, or smart watch.
BUSTED! No mobile devices means no mobile devices; anything that can access the internet or store cheatsincluding that thing on your students wristhave to be left at home.
Beware the Calculator
8The Cheat: Calculators can do some pretty amazing things, unfortunately they can facilitate cheating, too.
BUSTED! Not allowing calculators during exams within the quantitative disciplines is not realistic, but you can ban the sharing of calculators.
Beware the Body Part
9The Cheat: This one is old school; the student writes the answers on an exposed or semi-exposed body part such as the hands, the arms, the legs.
BUSTED! Okay, this one is a little tricky; you dont want to be a creep examining your students skin, but look for telltale signs such as sleeves that are repeatedly rolled up and down, hands that are kept under the desk, or closed fists.
Beware the Hat Brim
The Cheat: Answers are written on the underside of the hat brim.
BUSTED! Require hats off and placed out of reach.
The Cheat: Visible Ink - The student attempts to conceal answers within a tattoo.
The Cheat: Invisible Ink- A student will write answers using heavy pressure upon paper with a tablet stylus. The stylus etches the information upon the paper. During the exam, the student uses a pencil to shade a seemingly blank page to reveal an etched answer.
The Cheat: Crowdsourcing-Students who are taking an online course meet on exam day to take the test as a group.