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Measures to prevent cheating

When creating an exam on MyLEARN you can take certain precautions to make it harder to cheat or to commit academic fraud. Please inform your students if you take one or several of these measures, as this has not been the case up to now.

  • Hide list of questions
    When creating the sample exam, you can determine that the list of questions is hidden. As a result, students receive the questions sequenced and cannot select individual questions from a list.
  • Uniform title of questions
    You can give the questions the same title (e.g. "question" for each question) During the exam, the title will be displayed as a header for each question. A uniform title makes it difficult for students to identify the question easily and to exchange ideas about it.
  • Editing of answers
    Submitted answers cannot be addressed by students for editing afterwards.
    Important: The use of this measure must be carefully considered. Students have to answer every question immediately and cannot get an overall view before answering the questions. This is only suitable for equally weighted questions e.g. MC questions in a Sample Exam. For open-ended questions and Combined Questions, please choose the appropriate format.
  • Shuffle answer alternatives
    Shuffling makes it possible to show the answer alternatives in different order. This makes it more difficult to discuss the correct answer on the basis of the position of the alternative within a question.
  • Shuffle questions
    Shuffling of questions makes it possible to display the questions in different order. Thus, every student gets a varied sequence of questions.
  • Time limit (Timer)
    In any case, enter a time limit for your exam. Do so by entering minutes into the field “How many minutes should be available to students to complete this activity upon starting?” As soon as the students start the exam, the timer starts. This generates time pressure and an exchange with fellow students or an online research during the exam get less likely. At the same time, the timer also supports students in their own time management.
  • Start time and end time
    Determine a start time and an end time for your exam. With the start and end time you determine that the students can only start (and take) the exam in a defined processing period, i.e. at a defined day and during a defined time.
  • Proxy questions
    Via a proxy question, students receive a random question from a predefined pool of closed question types (single choice, multiple choice, Cloze question). This reduces the possibility to exchange opinions about questions.
  • Plagiarism check for file upload
    You can check longer text submissions for plagiarism. This enables you to see whether students have copied from each other.
    Important: This is only suitable for longer text assignments with varying content (e.g. very individual solution strategies, analyzes, evaluations). A plagiarism check should not be carried out for standardized answers where students submit the same or similar content.

More detailed instructions on how these individual measures can be taken can be found on the pages for distance learning in LEARN.