Number of University Students Using Tech to Cheat in Exams is on the Rise

The Guardian has published research into the number of university student’s cheating in exams by using tech such as mobile phones, watches and hidden earpieces.

They found a rise in the number of students caught cheating of over 40% since 2012.

The number of cheats is highest in economics and maths subjects, and many experts have suggested that writing exam questions in a manner that requires students to demonstrate understanding rather than simply regurgitate facts, would be one way to combat the cheats.

The Worst Offenders:

  • 54 students at Queen Mary University of London were caught cheating, two-thirds with the help of technology.
  • 19 students at the University of Surrey were caught in 2016, 12 of them with devices.
  • Newcastle University reported 91 cases of cheating – 43% of which involved technology.

Thomas Lancaster, an associate dean at Staffordshire University and one of the UK’s leading experts on cheating, said: “These figures are only going to show what’s been detected and students who cheat well won’t always get caught, especially now there’s so much mini-tech out there which is hard to spot.”The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education said: “Clearly there’s potential for wearable tech to allow dishonest students to cheat. We are looking into this and will raise this with the group of experts that is helping to steer our contract cheating work.”

To read the whole of the Guardian’s article click here.

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