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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    Sean, 6 Mar 2008 @ 3:11pm

    Are they using facebook during the test if so yes its cheating. If not NO its not cheating. Teachers do not give you a copy of the test to take with you until they have all been graded so its not like they can post the questions and answers. I have had several teachers tell the class if they know someone that took the class and can get an old test to do so to study from.

    An online study group is a wonderful idea especially for people like me who are full time in school and at work. Getting up going to school then work leaving at 7 then eating homework will not start till almost 8 there is no time for a physical study group.

    I like this idea a lot and might start one for my classes so if you see another report like this involving Northern Kentucky University it was most likely me.

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