On Not Using Laptops / Phones in (a College) Class

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An interesting article from the Chronicle about a laptop policy and, for the most part, even more interesting comments / discussion below.


Student Engagement Visual

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Saw this on Twitter (fromvia @edutopia) and thought it did a nice job (however sobering / scary it might be…). One of the comments on it too suggested adding a Carryover Level beyond the green that indicates that students carried over what they learned outside of the class(room).

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Online Testing Cheating Survey Results

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Last fall (around this very time), I had an unexpected meeting off campus on a day when I had scheduled tests. Rather than have the tests covered, I decided to let my students take the tests as a take home / take-where-they-want. After the test, I was interested in the experience, both in general and, specifically, about cheating, and so I surveyed them, the results of which are here.

This year, when the same test came around, it was back in the classroom but still on the computer, but I was still interested in both the test taking process and cheating, so I administered a modified form of the same survey. Here are the results of this year’s survey:

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because its a lot more efficient and it just feels like less pressure.
I enjoy writing my answers down and typing isn’t my forte.
I find it easier to type on computers rather than writing.
It makes the test go faster.
i would like to keep doing the tests on the computer because they are more organized.
It is a much simpler way of testing and it fits this class well considering how often we use our computers anyways.
It’s easier to write out long essays/paragraphs Faster, so more time to think
I believe it is easier to do it on the computer personally because I have always done better on computers.
Although it is easier to write on a computer, I think that computer tests are more distracting and I think we should still be writing on paper for tests.
-I just don’t like doing things online. I’m old school!
doesn’t really matter if its on computer or paper to me, either way is fine; might as well save paper
I like online tests better because I want to write more for my responses because my hands hurt when i write.
The detailed directions scared me to not cheat. I have cheated on tests before, its pretty easy. When the teacher is walking around it is a lot harder to cheat.
Choose which statement best describes you and the test. * No correct option. Disregard answer.
its nice to type I do better work on a computer
It is much easier doesn’t hurt the wrists either
I like typing better than hand writing.
Its easier to type than to write it out.
Its easyer and dont have to worry about writing clearly
If the need was felt to cheat, I would’ve cheated. However, even though I didn’t read a page of the book, I read the sparknotes. The sparknotes allowed me to excel during the test and ace it without the need of cheating.
I like online tests
-Spellcheck is helpful
It’s easier to type answers than to write them and typed answers are usually more in depth.
Never in my life have i cheated nor will i every attempt to cheat because i’ve learned to accept failure rather than take the easy route out
i find it a lot easier to type instead of writing because it is quicker and less painful for the hands.
its nice
I like being able to see my work typed it makes me edit it more freely
I find it easier and way more time efficient to put down information and my ideas by typing. Writing I have to erase if I want to change what I wrote while online all I have to do is press “delete”.
I like typing my responses better on a computer, but I don’t think that I would cheat if I had the chance on a computer.
Online tests are ight, I like ’em
I just hate testing on technology
I think its easy to get your thoughts out typing because it can go much faster than writing it.
It was nice to be able to type on the laptops rather than to have to write out many paragraphs and essays.
I would like the format for the future tests to be online. Personally I like typing responses rather than writing
I like writing better
Please include any other thoughts about the test approach here, including but not limited to whether or not you know of anyone that cheated (no names) or whether you thought the approach helped or hurt your test-taking.
cheating is bad!
i didnt think it made a difference
I like the idea of an online test but it’s not the online part that I didn’t like. The test itself was difficult and too open ended to even be considered for a right or wrong answer.
I liked the test approach because it helped my my test-taking. I prefer to take tests online rather than the more traditional way.
Is looking at sparknotes pre test considered cheating? Even as just a review material?
easy tests discourage cheating, give easy tests to remove cheating.
I have no other thoughts about cheating on tests nor do I know anyone who cheated.
It was annoying having people be able to look over your shoulder or at your screen. I took the time to complete the work, so them getting the answers without having to try is pathetic.
I liked the online test!
got nothin
I thought the online approach helped me write more in depth answers. It helped me in my opinion.
it helped
I thought some of the questions were wordy
I liked the test format but did not know of anyone that cheated on the test.
Beyond the obvious potential contradiction of no one saying that they cheated vs. some other answers that suggest that there was cheating, the most interesting answer was that over half the students’ impulse to cheat was decreased by me circulating during the test.