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To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery


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Jeremy Baumann, University of Central Florida.

Jeremy Baumann monitored cameras that were trained on students at the testing center at the University of Central Florida.

Steve Johnson for The New York Times

The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida.

No gum is allowed during an exam: chewing could disguise a student’s speaking into a hands-free cellphone to an accomplice outside.

The 228 computers that students use are recessed into desk tops so that anyone trying to photograph the screen--using, say, a pen with a hidden camera, in order to help a friend who will take the test later--is easy to spot.

Scratch paper is allowed--but it is stamped with the date and must be turned in later.

When a proctor sees something suspicious, he records the student’s real-time work at the computer and directs an overhead camera to zoom in, and both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence.

From The New York Times
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