Whitemonsterbunny17
  • Whitemonsterbunny17
Anyone found posting content from Quizzes, Tests, and/or Exams will simply be suspended. Posting such content is a violation of both your school's Honor Code and of OpenStudy's Anti-Cheating Policy. Helping another user on a Quiz, Test, and/or Exam is also equally punishable.
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Whitemonsterbunny17
  • Whitemonsterbunny17
Remember, this is \(\Large\rm\color{cyan}{Open}\underline{\color{lightgreen}{Study,}}\) \(\Large\bf\underline{\color{red}{NOT}}\) \(\Large\rm\color{cyan}{Open}\color{red}{Cheat!}\)
Frostbite
  • Frostbite
Of curiosity, and also to demonstrate the issues that is currently with the biology section which I've also discussed a lot with Transnova and Blues back in day is: How do we sort out the cheaters? The issue is that many from biology, even the legit users are doing multiple choose homework which could just as well be a quiz. I personally believe that half the questions I answer is attempts to cheat (as the questions come at the same time of the year and every year!). None the less how should we that answer the questions make sure we don't get under the loop risking being punished: One big difference between the actual legit users and cheaters is the fact the legit users actually try try to provide an explanation with the answer while cheaters simply just do "answer swapping" which was one of the ideas provided by Transnova to see the difference. The hard way to go is simply only to provide clues and help that points towards the answer without giving it away, this however puts more pressure the one person to answer the question, but makes it super easy to differentiate between the type of user. So @Whitemonsterbunny17 What way do you think we should proceed? :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
I agree with @Frostbite. Cheating on this website is a major issue and in no way should answer swapping be allowed. However, it's not the responsibility of those who actually attempt to explain the questions to determine whether or not a student's question is from a quiz or test. Also, although I might be flawed in my thinking, isn't it better to risk the fact that a question might be from an assessment in order to clear up any confusions a student may have and prevent them from cheating in the future? You need to discern exactly what counts as helping a student cheat.

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Whitemonsterbunny17
  • Whitemonsterbunny17
Some ways you can tell that the user is trying to cheat can be found through various clues, here are some examples: The question includes a quantity of available points given for answering the question correctly, such as (5 points). This shows that it is, in fact from a graded assessment, and getting/giving help on any graded assessment is considered as cheating. The user either states or implies that they do not have much time, ex: "Please help fast." The user asks for direct answers, ex: "Just give me the answer, I'll medal you." The user posts a screenshot, and the screenshot shows a title that specifies what type of assessment it is, ex: "Unit 2 Test" Another way to find out if the user is cheating is to simply copy and paste their question on a Google search, and if several similar/exact questions come up, there's a pretty good chance that this user is cheating. If you see anything like the given examples or see another situation that you suspect is cheating, please report it immediately. Each situation is different of course, so once reported, a Moderator will evaluate the situation and decide what action should be taken.
Whitemonsterbunny17
  • Whitemonsterbunny17
Also, if you notice any users asking for or giving out direct answers, this should be reported. Even if an explanation is given with the answer, a direct answer has been given, so it is still considered as giving a direct answer. The best thing to do is to give helpful links, hints, definitions, etc. With the information you provide to them, the user should be able to figure it out on their own.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Thank you for explaining. I'll keep that in mind.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Hello, I agree... @Whitemonsterbunny17 That is a major issue. Though, students come on here for help, NOT answers. If they were taking a test and used OpenStudy, that means they want help. We can NOT let students fail their tests. So there are two major sides to you point.
Whitemonsterbunny17
  • Whitemonsterbunny17
I understand where you're coming from, but posting questions from Quizzes, Tests, and/or Exams is a violation of both the student's school's Honor Code and also a violation of OpenStudy's Anti-Cheating Policy of which every user agreed not to violate upon signup. Think of it this way: If you are in class working on a test, would your teacher allow you to ask another student for help or to check your answers? No, because that's cheating. Quizzes, Tests, and Exams are intended to evaluate how well the student has retained the information provided throughout the lessons. OpenStudy is here to help students to study for upcoming Quizzes, Tests, and Exams, but not for help on them. Questions from ungraded assessments and study guides are allowed. That's the type of content that should be posted on OpenStudy.
anonymous
  • anonymous
@Whitemonsterbunny17 I'm sorry but most of this is absurd. So what if the person post questions with point values or things such as "Unit 2 Test". There are plenty of teachers that give out old tests and quizzes, sometimes in digital form, for students to use as a study aid. I see this often and I say something and the person usually will say that it is a practice test etc. Okay, now what do you want me to do about it? Not help them or report them when there is no way to truly determine the issue unless the poster admits it? I do agree and treat any statements about needing it quick or just wanting the answer to be a clear indication of cheating. Still, some teachers also give take home exams and are okay with people using any available resource. Well, now what do you want me to do? Decide the poster is lying to me even though I have no real way of knowing? I had a physics professor in my undergrad that announced in the middle of the final that she was leaving for 5 minutes and we should talk amongst ourselves. I am currently acting as a teaching assistant in a graduate level fungal biology course where the professor lets the students use any resource in the room, including myself and the professor, during quizzes. You never know what any particular teacher is okay with on any given assignment. I would argue that without clear evidence the poster cheating it is unethical to suspend a person's account, for us to refuse to help answer the question(s), or to allow a poster to leave with the incorrect answer. I think it is also unethical for me to assume the poster is lying unless there is clear and obvious evidence. I think it is unethical to assume that because a question is common and returns many results in a google or similar search it is evidence of cheating. Seems to me it is solely evidence that the it is a common question. It is contradictory to say we should never post direct answers, even if there is an explanation, and that we should post links to websites and hints. Um, excuse me, this is called OPEN STUDY isn't it? Is it not supposed to help students, including helping them explain things. If we are only supposed to post links or general descriptions to a person that is having an issue with a particular topic what is the point of this website? In fact, since you say "direct answers" you inherently assume that the poster is posting a question from an assignment for an answer and not simply asking a question for why something is the right answer. You know, just like students do every day in classrooms when they raise their hand and ask the teacher to explain why something is correct and the teacher does their job and explains the correct answer. From what I can tell we should just: 1) Assume everyone posting a question is a question from an assignment. 2) Assume the assignment from point 1 does not allow any outside help. 3) Due to the forced assumptions of 1 and 2 we must assume that it is, therefore, never okay to give direct answers with explanations because that would be a violation of the students honor code and this sites code of conduct. 4) To follow policy we must, as users, let users posting a question walk out of here (metaphorically) with a wrong answer because direct answers are against this sites code of conduct. So, basically, as a website for helping people study and understand things we can only go so far as to give general descriptions and hints, because that will just have to be enough no matter how much the original question asker is struggling.
Zale101
  • Zale101
@mrdoldum That's true. There's plenty of teachers as well as professors that gives old exams to study from. Old exams are not the actual exams. We are referring to actual taking exams. I'm sure no schools allows you to use any internet resources. That's cheating obviously. I don't know about other students, but from my experience, my old exams have the solutions present. However, we are not talking about me in this case. This post is to show students who go to online schools such as connections academy, K12, or Florida virtual school high schools. These schools complain to openstudy about having students cheat and copy/paste people's responses from here. Not only that. They swap answers and get answers to their exams. These school also found plenty of their materials being posted here. We get reports from virtual teachers complaining that these posts are copy righted materials and we should delete them. They email it to the CEO and we have to delete all the exam questions posts made by students here.
Zale101
  • Zale101
Links and websites are helpful but @Whitemonsterbunny17 didn't solely include that. She said "The best thing to do is to give helpful links, hints, definitions, etc. With the information you provide to them, the user should be able to figure it out on their own. " Why are you focusing on the part where she said "links". Are you against users giving out links so the asker can read? She said hints and definitions, you can still explain. I have been helped a lot on here and i recall users giving me links and were very helpful. This semester, one user linked me a very helpful book regarding organic chemistry, and that was very helpful. However, we didn't say you can't explain, but rather explain and let the user participate. There are explanations where it explains everything and the answers are giving out. That leaves the tutee not having the chance to think when information + answers are thrown out at them.
Zale101
  • Zale101
We love explanations. Sharing knowledge is glorious.
anonymous
  • anonymous
I summarized the comments which is why it was boiled down to links, it is not an intentional "focusing". My issue is that direct answers with explanations are not allowed, which was clearly indicated. I don't care how much you explain, define, hint, etc there are times when a person will not understand and link explanations to answers. Or when the questions and/or options are so poorly written it is confusing to those without more in depth knowledge. I'm giving them direct answers at that point. Ban me if you want. I am an educator. Literally, that is how I am paid and supported during my PhD, and at some point you just have to recall that the whole point of education is to educate and it can mean giving direct answers. In the end I would rather the student get the correct answer than worry about where/if I overstepped some relative ethical line. You are still side stepping the issue of of the inherent pressure placed on users to police the website, and treat poster of questions as guilty to begin with. If the CEO is getting complaints from companies, guess what, that isn't my problem. So long as the person posting is not cheating in a way that is obvious to me I will help. If that persons post violates copyright law (and the law is not clear on this issue) it is not my problem, nor is it an issue with academic dishonesty on my part. If the companies have issues they can use the DMCA, just like it was meant to be used, to file a copyright infringement claim and OS can take the legally required steps. To my knowledge the few website and companies that have hard read issues had real issues because the purpose of these companies was to build up a database of questions and answers that test makers use, and sell access to these databases as a "study aid". Open Study seems to be nowhere near that.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Wow, I'm too tired. That should have been "To my knowledge the few website and companies that have had real issues had real issues....." I'm off to sleep.
Zale101
  • Zale101
Thanks for sharing some good insights and inputs. I'll send this post to the CEO and see what she can do about this. Thanks again. Good night :)
Zale101
  • Zale101
This post was meant to bring awareness for the disguised cheaters out there.
Zale101
  • Zale101
Thanks @Frostbite , your insights are helpful too!
rvc
  • rvc
Well to be honest At times giving explainations, direct links, doesnt make sense to the student. And mostly i find questions which require deep explaination and then inspite of the deep explaination the student is still confused as to what the answer should be. Topics like Respiration, photosynthesis, Genetics n so on require proper knowledge even if the answer is a multiple choice question.
anonymous
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