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Cheating at Harvard.

September 1, 2012

Did they cut the cahds in Hahvahd Yahd?

Have you been following the story of the cheating scandal at Harvard?

It’s kind of interesting.

According to the NY Times, a group of 125 undergrads who were taking what we used to call a Micky Mouse course called Introduction to Congress are accused of cheating.

“This is unprecedented in its scope and magnitude,” said Jay Harris, the dean of undergraduate education.

Really?

The final exam is a take-home test. Students can refer to their notes, it’s open book and the students can even use the internet.

Students just aren’t allowed to talk to each other.

That would be collaboration.

Not allowed.

By the way, do a Google search of Harvard Business Review articles on collaboration and sharing knowledge. There are hundreds of them.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2012 12:01 pm

    This is hilarious. Thought I’d share. (Speaking of Harvard) http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/fri-august-31-2012-

  2. September 6, 2012 9:14 am

    I agree that the “scandal” has been hyped, but as a college instructor who often gave take-home tests, collaboration on a take-home exams is usually forbidden. I permitted students to exchange penultimate drafts of their essays, as was always done in graduate school, to help with copy-editing, but never allowed students to work together on thinking about and writing the initial essay. We don’t assign grades to a group; we assign them to individual students.

    That said, I was surprised that the instructor banned use of the school’s writing center. I always permitted students to use such centers.

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