Egypt: Tweet to Cheat in High School

Amira Al Hussaini reports on Global Voices about the use of social media to leak examination questions. Her blog post shows several different tweets where students have posted screenshots of examination questions. Is this cheating or collaboration?

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2 thoughts on “Egypt: Tweet to Cheat in High School

  1. That could be a great concern in education, especially with public examination where questions should be kept confidential while it is held in place. Would this also be a concern with x MOOCs? I haven’t heard about any incidents. Who knows if there are (a) multiple identities constructed by one person, in order to get the better results, after trials with one, with the answers (or results), then re-enter the right answers with another identity. These sorts of tricks are easy to set up, especially with the help of technology, (b) whether the person is really one who claims one is – one could be the person’s friend, or relatives. This has happened with public examination in Country X (on the news), where one entered the examination on behalf of others, with that identity claimed, and got monetary rewards out of this sitting of examination for others. May be we shouldn’t “blame” the social media, or the system, but we should re-think about ways to ensure fairness in public examination, and educate people in not cheating or lying. More researches should be conducted in this area to reveal the issues and recommend effective solutions or remedies. Sharing and open discussion on these issues would also encourage educators and learners to reflect on the educational values of different assessment – like examinations, and to consider better ways of assessment. John

    • Agree re alternative forms of assessment such as no exams – there can be many different ways of focused assessment and if it has to take the form of questions, let students create them and other students answer them. Maybe build up a collaborative q&a like Quora or another question bank using twitter to collect and distribute answers

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