(DISPATCH) — Some students who grow up with a wealth of information at their fingertips — on smartphones, tablets and laptops — call working together on a test collaborating.
Their professors call it cheating. Local college officials and students say they’re seeing the same tension that became evident in a cheating scandal that erupted at Harvard University last month.
More than 100 students from a single government class at Harvard are being investigated for cheating on a take-home final where a professor noted that many tests contained similar answers. But some students told The New York Times that collaboration among students is innocent and acceptable.
With the Internet also comes online testing, which is usually similar to a take-home test. Universities in Ohio, both public and private, offer online classes and testing, and students don’t always understand the line between acceptable test-taking and cheating.