Shabelle Media Network: Somalia Cancels National Exams After Vast Social Media Leaks. “The National secondary exams in Somalia have been canceled by authorities after papers were leaked on social media platforms, the Minister of Education confirmed late Monday.”
WCET Frontiers: Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes. “I shared the results of a study my colleagues and I conducted, examining 9 sections of a popular online course; we varied which of the four exams, all taken from the same exam pools, that were proctored and looked at the effects of proctoring and the amount of time students took to complete the tests. This controlled for teacher effects and exam difficulty effects.”
Chronicle of Higher Education: How Twitter Hooks Up Students With Ghostwriters. “It used to be that if students wanted someone to write an essay for them, they had to track someone down themselves. But these days an overwhelmed or desperate student can unintentionally summon legions of eager essay ghostwriters by merely venting frustration on Twitter.”
Wired: AI Is Making It Extremely Easy for Students to Cheat. “Denise Garcia knows that her students sometimes cheat, but the situation she unearthed in February seemed different. A math teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut, Garcia had accidentally included an advanced equation in a problem set for her AP Calculus class. Yet somehow a handful of students in the 15-person class solved it correctly. Those students had also shown their work, defeating the traditional litmus test for sussing out cheating in STEM classrooms.” Good article, kinda dumb headline.
This is turning into a regular thing. The latest country to block social media (to prevent cheating on exams) is Ethiopia. “Ethiopia has blocked social networking sites in the country since Saturday to prevent leakage of university entrance examination to be held next week…. Last month, questions for the top examination were posted on social networks causing a national scandal leading to the cancellation of the entire exam.”
Algeria has blocked social media in the wake of a student cheating scandal. “Almost half of students are being forced to retake the baccalaureat exam, starting on Sunday, after the initial session was marred by online leaking.” Does the notion of a country shutting down Internet / social media access to stop cheating sound familiar? Ding ding ding! This is also happening in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Iraq is shutting down its countries Internet access periodically, apparently to stop students from cheating. “For a few hours each morning, the Iraqi government keeps cutting off internet access—to keep students from cheating on their end-of-year exams. As reported by DYN research, which tracks internet blackouts around the world, the country’s access went almost entirely dead between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning on Saturday, Sunday and again on Monday.”