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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    Le Blue Dude, 6 Mar 2008 @ 2:17pm

    Re: Finding the people who have the answers

    Except that the internet is not, and will not always be there: There are always those of us who have to learn how to solve the problems ourselves, the old way. And you have to know how to perform the process of problem solving to innovate: That is to say you can grab snippits of code from the net, but you have to know how to program to make a good program. You can find the answers to chemistry questions on the net, but to make new polymers you have to understand the process.

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