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Remind Me Not To Cheat On This Professor’s Exams

November 24, 2010 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Uncategorized

professor owns cheatersHere’s a pretty damn interesting video of University of Central Florida professor, Richard Quinn owning his students after he used statistical analysis to determined that there was a fair amount of cheating going on during his exam. It’s 14 minutes long and even though I have the attention span of a wandering gnat, I sat and watched the entire thing because it’s that damn interesting. It should be noted that after this lecture, 200 students confessed to cheating on the exam. You go professor!


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2 Responses to “Remind Me Not To Cheat On This Professor’s Exams”

  1. loren bagby Says:
    November 26th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    While it was wrong of the students to cheat, he stated that they knew with 95% certainty who they were. So he goes and punishes the whole class. If I was in that class and that happened to me, I would be raising all kinds of hell and bringing any kind of lawsuit I could if need be. I understand his frustration and it is obvious it was affecting him physically it was so great, but you DO NOT punish the innocent in order to punish the guilty.

  2. Martin Hale Says:
    November 26th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I’m not sure I understand the comment above. Since when is re-sitting for an exam punishment? Had you said it was a nuisance, I’d agree. Had you said it was unfortunate, I’d agree. Had you said it was an inconvenience, I’d agree. Had you said it made people angry, I’d agree. But I fail to see how it’s a punishment.

    If the original exam has been contaminated by massive distribution of the questions and/or answers, it can’t be considered a valid measure of student’s knowledge any longer, regardless of whether any individual student cheated or not. That’s a fact. I have to presume that any student who took the exam without having cheated on it still has possession of the knowledge with which he or she walked into the first exam. With that knowledge, that student should be able to replicate, or ever better, his or her original grade. Which would make re-sitting for the exam an opportunity as well as a nuisance, as well as unfortunate, as well as inconvenient, as well as a source of anger.


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