Wednesday, 27 January 2010

No cheating essay software

It is far too common for students to write essays pasting information directly from wikipedia, or other digital material. This could be prevented by a dedicated essay-writing software that did not allow pasting (and copying). The student would have to write the text manually rather than pasting. Essays would be saved in a proprietary file format and submitted in that format. The file format may need to be protected to ensure hacks are not set up. The software would need to be freeware so that any student could download it to their home computer.

In the longer term, once computing has moved to the cloud, the software with no copy/paste functionality would sit in the cloud, negating the need for a protected file format.

There would have to be a "move" functionality in the absence of copy/paste to allow students to reorganise the essay.

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