Is An Online Study Group Cheating?

from the once-it's-on-facebook,-it-must-be dept

Vincent Clement writes in to let us know that that a student at Ryerson University in Toronto is facing expulsion for setting up an online study group for his chemistry class using Facebook. The school is saying it wasn't so much a study group as it was a place for 146 students to cheat and share answers (though, it's only blaming the student who ran the group). Students at the university are reasonably up in arms over the matter, as they don't see how it's any different than a traditional study group. Of course, the whole thing seems a little bit silly. As we discussed almost exactly a year ago, people working together to collaborate is an important skill in the real world, and what some people consider "cheating" these days seems a lot like the type of collaboration that kids are quite used to doing online, and which should serve them well later in life.

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    Kevin, 7 Mar 2008 @ 3:37am

    Re: Finding the people who have the answers

    The skill of finding the people that have the answer is THE most important skill you can have in the workplace.

    While I agree that this can be a valuable skill in the workplace, I do not believe that it is the most important skill. I think that being able to think for yourself to come up with answers and solve problems is far more important than being able to find the person who can. In the business world, companies would prefer to have a large number of people who can think for themselves to get things done rather than a small number of people who can think for themselves to get things done that end up supporting people who come looking for answers. It's about having a more effective workforce. Not that you'll always have the answers, of course, but the less time you spend looking for answers the more productive you can be. Not to mention the fact that the "answer-givers" tend to be worth more than "answer-seekers". So why would you want to paint yourself as the latter?

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