Cheating on Tests with iPhones, Hidden Cameras & Bluetooth Headsets
Cheating has become more common at colleges and universities as new technology is elevating the urge and ease for students to cheat. “Technology has given cheaters a whole new dimension to getting ahead for exams,” said a William Paterson psychology major who wished to remain anonymous. “The use of cell phones, iPods and online sources allow students to cheat basically anytime or anywhere.”
“I’ve taken pictures of cheat sheets on my phone,” added the student, “as well as texting answers back and forth during in-class exams. I’m surprised more professors haven’t yet demanded that students leave their electronical devices in a designated area while conducting in-class exams because I found it very easy to cheat on my midterm exam via my cell phone,” the student said.
Common cheating methods include using information from the internet without proper attribution, downloading term papers from on-line paper mills and sharing answers through e-mail or text messages. Some websites and instructional videos throughout the internet are designed exclusively to help college students cheat using simple technology.
To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery: “You can use technology as well for detecting as for committing” cheating, Dr. Pritchard said.
Jeremy Baumann monitors cameras that are aimed at students. Using video surveillance technology in the battle to stop student cheating at the testing center at the University of Central Florida.
In this testing center no gum is allowed during an exam as gum chewing could disguise a student’s speaking into a hands-free cellphone to an accomplice outside or over the phone.
The 228 computers that students use are recessed into desk tops so that anyone trying to photograph the screen — using, say, a pen with a hidden camera, in order to help a friend who will take the test later — is easy to spot. 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.
Taylor Ellis, the associate dean who runs the testing center within the business school at Central Florida, the nation’s third-largest campus by enrollment, said that cheating had dropped significantly, to 14 suspected incidents out of 64,000 exams administered during the spring semester.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/education/06cheat.html
Canadian Men Allegedly Used Hidden Camera To Cheat On Med School Exam
In the alleged scam, one man took the test in Victoria, B.C., and beamed images of the test questions to his accomplice at the University of British Columbia, the CBC reports. The accomplice put the questions to a group of people who thought they were being considered for jobs as MCAT tutors.
Read More: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/06/02/136852894/canadian-men-allegedly-used-hidden-camera-to-cheat-on-med-school-exam