I sometimes find evidence of cheating on exams but I rarely take action, I don’t have to. Almost invariably the cheaters get abysmally low grades even without penalty. Some people I know get annoyed when students without evident handicap ask for and receive special treatment such as extra time on exams. I comply without rancor as the extra time never seems to help. Over the years I have had a number of students ask for incompletes. None have ever become completes.I call this the law of below averages.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Today was the last class of the semester. The Administration has scheduled the exams where I have to be present all at the same hour distributed in 12 classrooms. The exams are open, that is, the students can bring and consult books, notes, pocket calculators, etc. In that format, cheating is almost unnecessary and impossible. The pic does not illustrate Fluid Mechanics (we have no girls with fat legs. We have no girls.). Yet, as Alex Tabarrok wrote in his blog: