By Erik Qualman
Some progressive Danish schools are allowing students to access Facebook and other social media sites during exams. Some of the more interesting points from Judy Hobson’s BBC Column include:
- A total of 14 colleges in Denmark are piloting the new system; all Danish schools have been invited to join by 2011
- Students can access any site they like, even Facebook, but they cannot message each other or email anyone
- Pernille Günther Jensby, 18, says: “It’s possible to cheat but I think we have so much respect and self discipline, so we won’t do it.”
- The nature of the questions make it harder to cheat. Students are no longer required to regurgitate facts and figures. Instead the emphasis is on their ability to sift through and analyze information.
Stephen Heppell, professor of new media environments at Bournemouth University, says UK examinations need to be brought up to date: “As a nation we’ve been really good at embracing technology – we’ve been really at the forefront of doing this well in the classroom.” However Bournemouth points out: “Then they go into the exam room and all that’s taken away and they’re given a fountain pen and a sheet of lines paper and a three hour time limit. It’s time to get real, isn’t it?”
Hat tip to Judy Hobson for a great article.
Do you think this is the wave of the future or a modern day “cheat-sheet?”