Students go to some crazy lengths to cheat and get out of doing their work.
One of the most frequent scenarios we hear from teachers is that students are finding answers to AES assessment questions on Quizlet to cheat.
While we encourage teachers and students not to post our assessments and worksheets to Quizlet, AES has no control over what individuals decide to post in Quizlet.
Although you may feel overwhelmed when dealing with cheating students, all is not lost!
In this article, we’ll walk you through the measures you can take when you discover students are using Quizlet to cheat on AES assessments.
1. Report the Test Content to Quizlet
Specifically, Quizlet states that any of the following is a violation of their honor code:
Posting the answers to a test and sharing them with others
Searching Quizlet for answers and using them to cheat on an at-home assessment
Using Quizlet on your phone in class to find answers
If a resource within Quizlet is found to include AES test questions and answers, you can submit a report to Quizlet and request that the material be removed.
2. Ask Your District IT Staff to Block Quizlet on Student Devices
If there is a persistent problem with students accessing Quizlet to find AES answers, you can ask your IT department to block access to Quizlet.
Doing so will not allow students to visit any page on Quizlet’s site from their school-issued devices.
NOTE: This will only be effective on school-issued devices. If you want to extend the block to personal devices, you can recommend to parents that they set up a restriction with parental controls in their home network.
3. Require Students to Complete the Digital Responsibility Module
If you are concerned that your students are cheating on assessments, we highly recommend you assign them the Digital Responsibility module.
This module contains one lesson that provides an overview on digital distractions and responsibilities in upholding positive online learning behaviors.
After going through the lesson, students complete a quiz to reinforce the information and complete an Online Learning Agreement.
You can customize this agreement to coincide with your school or district’s policies on cheating to further reinforce the consequences of doing so.
4. Create Custom Assessments within the AES System
If your students are accessing Quizlet from their own devices and the Online Learning Agreement doesn’t seem to make a difference, try this!
Some teachers use the Create an Exam feature to create assessments with tweaks to the AES questions or to add their own variations. That way some of the questions are unique and the students won’t be able to find the answers in Quizlet!
5. Keep Assessments Closed Until Testing Time
An additional way to minimize opportunities for cheating is to keep assessments closed until all students are prepared to take it. Read the articles below to learn more:
6. Use a Locked Browser for Assessments
Along with keeping assessments closed until testing time, some teachers want to lockdown the browser so students are unable to open other websites when using AES.
Though this can’t be controlled from the AES system, you can talk to your IT department about purchasing and installing a browser lockdown tool on school computers.
Looking for additional resources to help minimize cheating in your classroom? Read this article: 11 Ways to Prevent Cheating in Schools