Timothy Smith

Teaching chemistry using BBoard

Discussion created by Timothy Smith on Oct 10, 2009
Latest reply on May 20, 2010 by Kenneth Hallenbeck

As many of us embark on converting our traditional lecture style teaching to include more online content, I have started down the path of going paperless. It's true--and I'm not ashamed to admit the compelling proof that going paperless can save a lot of time and money. In just 7 weeks this semester, going paperless has saved our department roughly $640 in paper costs by avoiding mass print jobs for my larger than average class sizes (89 students in my intro to chem class). Still I'm continually plagued with the same question that I am not sure how to answer: if I administer my exams/quizzes online, the students invariably use their notes, textbooks, Google (the bane to my existence), etc... to work through the assignments. In my opinion this is cheating, but I can't stop them from using these materials if they are taking exams online. I'm curious to know what others think about using such resources as BBoard to administer assessment tools.