(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.
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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.