By collaborating with other students on it. The point of a take-home exam is to prove you're capable of finding needed answers when you have access to the right information. Not everyone will always come up with the same exact answers, especially if a lot of it involved essays or free-form responses.
From what the article says, it seems the expectation was that the final would be done individually. The article states that they "may have committed acts of academic dishonesty, ranging from inappropriate collaboration to outright plagiarism, on a take-home final exam."
Most honor codes equate looking the other way on others cheating with cheating yourself. You don;t have to be a super-serious or supercilious nerd to take care of business.And for all we know someone who is very serious about the honor code, or concerned about their class rank, told on them.
I don't think it'd be that hard to draw a distinction between pre-existing resources and participating in a discussion on a forum, particularly if that discussion was initiated to discuss that exam question specifically. The article says not to "discuss with others", not just classmates, which could help draw a distinction.I particularly like the last paragraph:
"The exam instructions said it was “completely open book, open note, open Internet, etc.” Some students asked whether there was a fundamental contradiction between telling students to use online resources, but not to discuss the test with each other."
It does seem contradictory. Just go online, open a forum (or use an existing one) and discuss it with anonymous people, a.k.a. your classmates, just don't do it in person.
Ther was a little hyperbole in my original statement so I will restate:By collaborating with other students on it. The point of a take-home exam is to prove you're capable of finding needed answers when you have access to the right information. Not everyone will always come up with the same exact answers, especially if a lot of it involved essays or free-form responses.
They probably had a lot of written portions on the exam being extremely close (or exactly the same) as other students in the class.
I had a take-home exam in a 200-level physics class at Richmond that was totally, utterly brutal. I spent 30 hours on that thing and I still failed. Granted I did not really have the help of a mature Internet as it was 1994.Ther was a little hyperbole in my original statement so I will restate:
How the F do you cheat on a take home final exam? Every answer is out there for you, so you (they) felt the need to copy off of each other? That is the epitome of stupid....... (and lazy).