Monday, November 9, 2009

Students in Denmark Given Full Access to The Internet For Tests

Denmark has started to give full internet access to students taking exams, while they are taking those exams. While the problem associated with cheating are obvious, officials brush them off. Even considering the possibility of cheating, I suppose that completely open book open web tests are more realistic. Very rarely in your career, and increasingly rare into the future, will you be asked a tough question and be prevented from doing any research on the matter. That is not to say that there is no use for closed book/web tests to see what you have learned and what you need to study more, or just to make sure you are paying attention in class / doing your homework. All this is just to say that this may not be as revolutionary as it may seem on the surface, and may represent the leading edge of a trend.

http://thenextweb.com/europe/2009/11/05/students-denmark-allowed-full-access-internet-exams

"The country’s latest move see’s the Danish government preach that the Internet is so much a part of daily life, it should be included in the classroom and in examinations.
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They can access any site they like, including Facebook, but they cannot message each other or email anyone outside the classroom. How that is prevented I’m not quite sure, but government advisors say pupils are disciplined enough not to cheat and that they can rely on the integrity of the pupil and the threat of expulsion if they are caught.

Surprisingly, students themselves admit it’s not easy to cheat using the Internet during an exam. According to the JP news agency, students are given a very short period of time in an exam to sift through the mounds of data they can call up on the Internet to answer a single question.
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