A teacher who was completely fed up with his students cheating on exams by using their smartphones came up with an ingenious plan, catching 14 kids in the act with a single question that was both clever and highly effective.
In order to reduce the likelihood of students cheating on exams, it is essential for instructors and invigilators to maintain a high level of awareness throughout the process.
However, some students always find a method to copy answers, and some of them will even distribute cheat papers at school, despite the fact that there are various laws and restrictions in place to prevent this.
Before the invention of the iPhone, people who wanted to cheat on exams had to engage in a never-ending battle of cleverness and trickery in order to smuggle answers into the testing room while evading the attentive gaze of the supervisor.
Of course, there was the time-honored strategy of “look at someone else’s paper,” but more advanced exam cheaters would write clues and answers in all sorts of unexpected locations.
Some students even tried to sneak calculators in by concealing them in their sleeves and crossing their fingers that they wouldn’t be discovered.
However, in today’s world, students who want to cheat have tiny pocket calculators and computers that allow them to find the answers to virtually any question in a matter of seconds.
This, of course, assumes that the instructor does not catch them using these devices.
After reaching a breaking point with the amount of tech-based cheating, one teacher made the decision to give their students a different kind of lesson.
One day the teacher noticed that an unusually high number of kids needed to use the restroom during exams.
While there would normally be just one or two students who needed to use the bathroom, whenever an exam was happening half the class would suddenly have to go.
He concluded that the students had to be getting answers in an unethical manner, and suspected they had to be stealing it.
Therefore he devised a strategy to expose their deception.
The Ingenious Plan
The brilliant approach involves coming up with an impossible question and then incorporating it into a test in some way.
Because the question is impossible, anyone who discovered an answer online had to have cheated to obtain it.
The teacher brilliantly posted the phony question on a website that he knew students sometimes use for help with answering questions on homework assignments and exams.
Naturally, they would have assumed that the instructor knew nothing about the website, but as is so frequently the case, he was actually miles ahead of them.
When the exam was over, individuals who had answered properly were sent an email informing them that they had failed the test.
Students took to Reddit to explain how their instructor “purposely made part B impossible to solve,” and how he set up the scheme a month before the final exam by getting a teaching assistant with an account on the website to ask the exact same question, which was worded in a specific way to be completely unique.
The teacher then went ahead and created their own account, after which he responded to the question with a fake response that seemed correct at first glance—the sort of response that a student who had looked at their phone might give—but was actually incorrect.
The ingenious plan must’ve worked because of the 99 students who took the exam, 14 of them used the answer the teacher had created.
Everyone who got it wrong earned full credit for the question. Everyone else was given a score of zero and reported to the university because as cheaters they had broken the academic pledge they had signed.
The cunning scheme was super successful.
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