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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.

Is Windows Vista Ready? 'No. God, no.' 578

Posted by Zonk
from the swelling-with-confidence dept.
torrensmith writes "Paul Thurrott answers the question that some IT folks are asking: 'Is Windows Vista Ready?' His answer is not only no, but 'No. God, no. Today's Windows Vista builds are a study in frustration, and trust me, I use the darn thing day in and day out, and I've seen what happens when you subject yourself to it wholeheartedly. I think I've mentioned the phrase "I could hear the screams" on the SuperSite before.' He also addresses the more important question, 'When Will Microsoft figure out what's important?' and to Paul, like most IT pros, its not about when the next OS will be released, it is about having the OS work."

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