Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by jonlevy, Sep 30, 2019.
Coursehero pretty much makes a mockery of the entire online process.
That really does seem to be the sort of statement one should explain.
C'mon guys, just accept it!
Seems legit to me!
I don't see what mockery it would make to online learning as opposed to offline since the site carries offline work as well. In both situations, there is lots of wrong information there, so even when a person uses it they'll wind up learning something either through using the wrong information and getting their scores impacted, or noticing when information doesn't seem right and then scrutinizing it to a point where they'll understand to find a better solution.
I think what Course Hero does more than anything is show how similar work is between all schools which directly contradicts what most people believe.
There are many websites, such as Course Hero, Quizlet, etc. that offer sample assessments. Sometimes assessment banks from Pearson, McGraw Hill, Cengage, etc. fall into the wrong hands and end up on these websites. Posting these assessment banks violate copyright, and the publishers should take action. As hard as publishers try to protect assessment banks, sometimes, assessments are leaked and sold. I’ve seen such items on eBay. What is the solution to the problem? The school system I work for uses Quizlet for the benefit of our students. I also see value using Course Hero as a resource, too, but the answer is for schools to have a never-ending supply of new test bank questions and proctor assessments.
How does an institution protect the integrity of assessments? Simple. Our schools employ full-time assessment creators that work tirelessly creating fresh, unique, assessment bank questions. The key is to have assessment bank questions that will never show up on Google or end up on Course Hero. The other component of testing integrity is proctoring. We use Procortio for online audio/video proctoring. Not only are online test sessions recorded, reviewed by a human, and then stored, but the software also prevents test takers from opening additional browser tabs, prevents screen capture, disables printing, tracks geolocation, etc. There are many controls to validate testing and ensure integrity. Schools must do everything reasonably possible to prevent cheating. There will always be students trying to cheat the system. Untimely, it is up to institutions to have necessary controls in place, such as expanding, unique test banks, proctoring software, Turnitin, etc. I’ve had conversations with MSA, DEAC, AdvancEd, and ACE about this very topic. Accreditors want assurances that students are learning. Stakeholders seem to agree with the measures I highlighted above will go along way to prevent cheating. As long as institutions make the necessary investment and have controls in place to prevent cheating, academic fraud can be prevented.
The most interesting testing violation I experienced was seeing a black male taking an online test for a white female student. Absolutely comical. Did she really think we wouldn’t notice?
Oh, yes I laughed. I appreciate you, Kizmet. <3
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