Some students were suspected of cheating on a cyber lecture’s last offline midterm exam in which about 200 students took the test. The incident was controversial. At that time, there wasn’t enough space to make a vacant space between students. There were just too many students. Also, there were only two supervisors. The primary actions by test takers that led to the cheating accusations were the sound of a conversation during the exam and leaving the examination site at the same time.
I talked to a Daegu University student to get their thought about the suspicions of cheating on the exam and the corresponding disciplinary action.
<Interviewer> L.L.F reporter, Su-Bin Song
<Interviewee> Joon-Ho Kang [A Daegu University student]
Q1. Have you heard about the suspicion of cheating on the cyber lecture exam?
Yes, I am one of the students in the class. I took the test at the same time. It was a little noisy because there were so many people in one classroom. But I was taking my test with concentration, so I didn’t notice the suspected cheating.
Q2. What was the atmosphere of this cyber lecture exam site? And what do you think are the fundamental problems that occurred?
For about 200 students to take the test in a big auditorium at once, the space wasn’t large enough to keep the students apart. There were mistakes in the number of answer sheets that didn’t fit the number of students, so it was a bit hectic. Since there were only two supervisors, it was likely too difficult to manage so many students. I think a small number of supervisors and the examination site’s size are the fundamental problems.
Q3. Going forward, what do you think the punishment and disciplinary action should be if there were any cheating problems on the test?
As hard as everyone prepared, the exam should be fair. I think that the corresponding disciplinary action should be systematized in the case of cheating on examination. I think the person who cheated should be given disadvantages such as getting the lowest score in the subject. Also, I think mandatory volunteer hours should be served as a penalty.
Q4. How do you think we should prevent exam cheating from occurring?
The exam site be an appropriate size for the number of students. It also needs a proper supervisor to manage the number of students taking the test. If the punishment for cheating is more systematic, I think this will also prevent cheating problems. It is more important for students to take a fair test. There should be no cheating or chatting during the examination.
I think that a fair environment for the test is needed and the corresponding punishments for cheating must be systematized. However, the most important thing is to take the test with a fair heart. I hope that the upcoming final exams will be as good as everyone’s efforts.
L.L.F reporter Su-Bin Song