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Montana Tech classes hit by cheating ring

Montana Tech was overwhelmed by organized belligerent cheating during summer term classes resulting in the expulsion of 15 students, according to a recent news report. A report written by professors and proctors at a Montana Tech testing center describes a summer-long escalation of cheating by dozens of out-of-state students who cheated using a “variety of…

How Does ProctorU Work?

What is ProctorU? The basic answer is that it’s an online test proctoring service that uses live proctors. What exactly does that mean, though? What is a proctor? In short, a proctor is a person who monitors another person who is taking an examination. There are in-person proctoring centers as well, but ProctorU fills a…

Web Classes Grapple With Stopping Cheats

Traditional colleges and a new breed of online-education providers, trying to figure out how to profit from the rising popularity of massive open online courses, are pouring resources into efforts to solve a problem that has bedeviled teachers for centuries: How can students be stopped from cheating?

Arizona college district sued over data breach

A community college system in Arizona is now under fire due to a data breach affecting 2.4 million people, according to a new lawsuit. Administrators from Maricopa County Community College District are accused of improperly handling a system hack dating back to January 2011, which lead to a bigger security breach in April 2013. According…

A brief history of technology in the classroom

A story from American Public Media’s Marketplace highlights the history of technology in the classroom, dating back to 1922 when Thomas Edison claimed that motion picture would be the future of education. The article covers several technological revolutions from the 21st century from radio, television and computers, emphasizing that each wave of modernization rarely lived…

Are men dominating MOOC attendance?

Newly released data from HarvardX and MITx, the MOOC divisions of Harvard and MIT, has shed light on interesting trends emerging from the world of MOOCs. With nearly 2 million combined students, data shows that the majority of those students are male and already have college degrees. MITx has the greatest disparity between male and…

Babson survey claims over 7 million taking online courses

According to a recent Babson Survey Research Group report, the number of students taking at least one online course has now reached 7.1 million. The proportion of higher education students in this category has reached an all-time high of 33.5 percent taking at least one online course. “Grade Change – Tracking Online Education in the…