When a proctor sees something suspicious, he records the student’s real-time work at the computer and directs an overhead camera to zoom in, and both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence.Feels like Vegas. In Vegas, cheating causes the House to lose heaps of dollars. At UCF, what are the costs? Are they worth the sacrifice in atmosphere? Did they consider there to be tradeoffs?
“I will never stop it completely, but I’ll find out about it,” Mr. Ellis said (Associate Dean)Insert reference to Ahab or the dude from Les Mis here. Um, what is the point of universities? To punish cheaters?
Some social science is handy here:
For educators uncomfortable in the role of anti-cheating enforcer, an online tutorial in plagiarism may prove an elegantly simple technological fix.
That was the finding of a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in January. Students at an unnamed selective college who completed a Web tutorial were shown to plagiarize two-thirds less than students who did not. (The study also found that plagiarism was concentrated among students with lower SAT scores.)
It is one thing to educate the next generation about what plagiarism is, but another to suspect any and all. Where is Tom Cruise and his group of precognates (Minority Report) when we need them?