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Quiz bowls aren’t really known for attracting cheaters — the 2006 British hit Starter for 10 excluded — but, as recent history suggests, if there’s a way to cheat, a Harvard student will find it. According to a “security update” posted earlier this week by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC (which holds and judges quiz bowl tournaments), a star member of Harvard’s quiz bowl team, Andy Watkins, will be stripped of four quiz bowl championship titles after the company caught him illicitly accessing official quiz questions before the tournaments were held.
The company discovered the breach while reviewing a batch of server logs, which showed that Watkins and three other students — who, because they were so good at the quiz bowl competitions, was hired to draft quiz materials — used their employee login credentials to view official quiz questions in advance of championship bowls.
» via The Atlantic
MILLIONS of students worldwide have signed up in the last year for MOOCs, short for massive open online courses — those free, Web-based classes available to one and all and taught by professors at Harvard, Duke, M.I.T. and other universities.
But when those students take the final exam in calculus or genetics, how will their professors know that the test-takers on their distant laptops are doing their own work, and not asking Mr. Google for help?
The issue of online cheating concerns many educators, particularly as more students take MOOCs for college credit, and not just for personal enrichment. Already, five classes from Coursera, a major MOOC provider, offer the possibility of credit, and many more are expected.
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)