The issue of students cheating their way into earning participation and attendance grades has been a long-standing problem for educators.
Sure, educators could try the old fashion way and call out names, but this wastes far too much valuable class time. If they pass around an ‘attendance sheet’ students can just write down their friends names and inevitably, professors are just creating more work for themselves and their TA’s that manually input the data.
Then came the clicker system…
Students ‘click in’ for friends and will even create schedules and take turns skipping class. To combat this, many professors suggest a 5% rule which implies that participation should not be worth more than 5% of the students’ grades. This minimizes the impact, but cheating is still cheating.
Although Coursemodo does not claim to have a 100.00% ‘cheat-proof’ system (and have yet to see one) we have many mechanisms in place that make it extremely difficult for students to cheat with our “bring your own device” platform.
1. Given their addiction to devices, students are extremely unlikely to part with their cell phones or lap tops for hours at a time. (38% even check it every 10 minutes!)
2. Students may forget clickers at home, but over 99% are already bringing mobile devices to class anyways.
3. Students do not want to give away their passwords which would allow friends to access pictures and messages on their device.
Coursemodo’s unique attendance app also makes sure students at home can’t check-in for attendance if they aren’t physically in class.