Title

Let Your Students Cheat on Exams

Publication Date

1-16-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Publication Title

PRIMUS

Volume

31

Issue

6

DOI

10.1080/10511970.2019.1705450

First Page

685

Last Page

697

Abstract

What if your students could access any resource during a test? How would they react? How would you react? This paper presents some results from a trial of allowing students access to notes, calculators, and any device connected to the internet, which occurred during a midterm in a second-year ordinary differential equations university course. This was generally well-received by the students and feedback informed a subsequent use of this approach in a mathematical reasoning course. I argue that this open-resource exam protocol affords the opportunity for less routine and possibly more conceptual engagement with mathematics.

Keywords

Technology, undergraduate mathematics, differential equations education, summative assessment, digital resources

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