I was monitoring a few of my students during a quiz and source code was popping up on their screen. Was this a glitch due to network lag or something, or were they more than likely cheating?
The answers to the quizzes cannot be found in the source code.
As for whether they were attempting to cheat or not, I couldn't tell you. It's highly unlikely that they would have encountered the source code as a result of lag, but it's also not entirely outside the realm of possibility. All I can tell you is that they can not get the answers from the source code.
If, by some odd chance, they have the permissions and knowledge, they could query the API for the answers, but that's highly unlikely. I would imagine that practically anyone with that level of knowledge and access wouldn't be a student, or would be knowledgeable enough not to bother with cheating.
Thanks. I'm trying to figure out why the source code was popping up and what exploits the students are going to try.
As far as I'm aware, the Instructure network has been running fine the last couple of days. So, unless your school was having network trouble at the time, it's probable that the students were looking for the answers, but I can't say that is the case.
If you're concerned about intentional attempts at cheating, I'd recommend looking into monitoring systems that would allow an authorized user to view the screens of the computers in a designated classroom. Just be aware that such software would need to be identified as being in use by the institution, at least as part of the technology agreement (assuming you have a separate agreement specifically for technology). This is an important legal concern should you seek to pursue it. The students must be aware that their use of the computers can be monitored, in real time, without prior warning in an attempt to prevent cheating.
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