Cheating or sharing: Facebook for Study Groups

I just saw this article in the Globe and Mail about Chris Avenir, a student who allegedly started a Facebook group to work on a university assignment.  Avenir is being charged with academic misconduct.  I thought this was interesting to read and see in light of all the talk about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 and how it is seen among academic institutions.    Apparently the case will be decided today at Ryerson University.


2 responses to “Cheating or sharing: Facebook for Study Groups

  1. I’d love to see how the group was used. Really what difference is doing it on Facebook versus sitting around a table together? Every university library has groups of students sitting at tables working on the same assignment.

  2. Exactly what I was thinking! Apparently the group shared solutions to individual questions – each person had a different question so they shared information on how they went about getting the answer. According to the Star, Avenir asked for a closed hearing at Ryerson and he ended up with a passing grade in the course, although he was given a zero on the 10 per cent portion of the mark for homework and has been told to attend a workshop on academic integrity.

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