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Comment: Individualized Exams (Score 1) 870

by OldBaldGuy (#33573118) Attached to: Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?
This may not work in undergraduate courses, but I solved this problem in a statistics course for life-science graduate students by creating separate exams for everyone, and allowing unlimited collaboration. I wrote a program to vary the problems and the data simultaneously and gave each student an individual exam, telling them that they had to solve their own research problem but could collaborate with anyone they wanted to. My logic was that in the real world statistics was collaborative and there was little gain in memorizing formulae. A few dumb bunnies didn't get it the first time and literally copied other students solutions, but giving out F's for the test fixed that real quick.

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