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.

Filed Under: cheating, collaboration, college, facebook, online, ryerson university, study groups


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    Hellsvilla, 6 Mar 2008 @ 1:59pm

    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.

    It's not a matter of how much you know, its a matter of how fast you can solve a problem. How to best utilize resources to go from "we have a problem" to "problem solved" is EXACTLY what our young people need to learn.

    Sometimes that's going to mean they can just look up answers on teh intarwebbs. THAT IS OK. 'cause that doesnt stop when they leave school and enter the holey workforce.

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