Cheating Using Social Media

Students used a social media app to cheat. The app is GroupMe — the Hollywood version is GropeMe, so don’t mistake them! — and establishes group texts. The good and evil ways the technology can be used is obvious. Unfortunately the so-called Adults-in-the-room offer excuses instead of providing clear leadership.

These alleged adults call up a possible exception – a woman who was on the group chat, but may not have used it to cheat. The article indicates she also tolerated cheating through inaction. Who is worse: the students who did cheat, the woman who tolerated it, or the adults who are encouraging it? Why?

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2 Responses to Cheating Using Social Media

  1. vmijpp says:

    Good questions.

    It just hit me that “cheat” and “teach” are anagrams.


  2. burkemblog says:

    Speaking as someone who works in an academic environment, and who was party to a massive investigation at USMA some years ago into cadet collaboration on outside-of-class work, I think the issues here are not what they are being made out to be. OSU is apparently looking at a simple way of detecting cheating, and they seem to have found it–from their perspective. But like college administrators almost everywhere, they are using a broad tool when a more focused, individual approach is more appropriate–but harder to administer. It’s like relying solely on Turnitin similarity reports to detect plagiarism–the false positives outweigh the instances of true plagiarism.

    The “adults” are trying to stop what they see as cheating. They are not offering excuses. But they are using a method that is going to ensnare people who did not cheat at all. That’s the issue.

    I won’t comment on VMIJPP’s comment.


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