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Is this possible: Online college monitoring

Old 04-29-05, 04:24 PM
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Is this possible: Online college monitoring

I got this in an email about some course I am taking this summer. If this belongs in the tech forum I am sorry;

You are expected to treat the online exams as you would an exam in a traditional lecture class - in other words, no cheating of any kind. You are NOT to use your textbook, notes, online lessons, webpages, ISS310-V CD, or any other resources for ANY reason during the exam. Your Instructor and other administrators CAN and DO monitor your exam logs before, during, and after you have taken the exam - they can detect patterns consistent with cheating and have the authority to discuss the matter with you immediately and give you a ZERO if they see fit.
What would the logs be. Like if I had a second tab in firefox or something, it could be noted? Could the test page check to see if the CD is running or a file is opened?
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Old 04-29-05, 04:47 PM
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you start the exam but take a long time to answer questions and there are long periods of you not writing anything. Maybe the software also monitors internet usage or maybe there is server side to it and they monitor network usage from there?
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Old 04-29-05, 05:02 PM
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Get a second PC and do all your searching that way.
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Old 04-29-05, 05:04 PM
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Get a second PC and do all your searching that way.
Yeah, but it may raise their suspicion if he spends 10 minutes on one question.
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Yeah, but it may raise their suspicion if he spends 10 minutes on one question.
Of course, they can't prove anything. It would make much more sense for them to just design their exams to be open book/open note exams.
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Old 04-29-05, 05:08 PM
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"Exam logs" indicates some kind of interaction recording. So what you're doing with the computer may (correctly or incorrectly) suggest cheating.

More likely, they're looking at the words that you submit. If you use long phrases that appear identically in the textbook, you're sunk.

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Old 04-29-05, 05:53 PM
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Just don't spend 10 minutes on a question. If an exam allows you to skip around, do so. Then you can skip around while looking.
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I figured I would not plagarize, but I wasn't sure if the CD was in and a file was open if somehow it could be sending a message indicating this.

I don't intend on cheating, I was more intested in the feasability of monitoring. I guess they could time the questions, but whose to say I didn't stop to answer the phone, eat dinner or go poop?
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well the obvious solution is for the test to be timed. then if you spend a long time looking up each answer you won't finish the whole test
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Originally Posted by jon-w9
I figured I would not plagarize, but I wasn't sure if the CD was in and a file was open if somehow it could be sending a message indicating this.
Depends. Do they require you to use Internet Explorer?
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Of course, they can't prove anything. It would make much more sense for them to just design their exams to be open book/open note exams.
Yeah I agree because I especially don't like the fact that they can give a person a zero on what may amount to whim.
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it wouldn't be a whim...you'd be amazed by some of the stupid shit students try to pull......a la pulling full quotes of of a website: which is usually fairly obvious and google makes it pretty damned easy to catch.
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i suppose you could look at a question and then ...oops.. your comp reboots
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I've seen people copy full paragraphs almost word for word and then submit it as their own work. One time I told them they can't do it since it was a group effort. They said it was OK as long as you cite it as a quotation.
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