When Did Collaboration Become Cheating?

<h2><strong><a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ID-10056573.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1967" title="ID-10056573" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ID-10056573-300x196.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="196" /></a> We Need to Teach Collaboration for an Office-Less World</strong></h2> By Holly A. Bell <h3><strong>Cheating vs. Collaboration</strong></h3> Earlier this month we heard about a cheating scandal at Harvard University in which students worked together on a take-home exam they were expected to complete independently. As a professor I have a couple of concerns with this. First, while I understand the honor code (although ironically the exam was in an “Introduction to Congress” course), I wouldn’t give my students a take-home exam and not expect them to work together. Why not give an in-class open book, open note, open computer exam if independent work is required? Sarah Green articulated my second concern very well in an article for <em>The Harvard Business Review</em>, entitled “<a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hbreditors/2012/09/cheating_at_harvard_and_in_the.html">Cheating at Harvard, and in the ‘Real World</a>’”. In the ‘real world’ of work, no one operates in a vacuum. We

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Determining ‘Value’ in Higher Education

<a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/55973z0nf14698b.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-803" title="55973z0nf14698b" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/55973z0nf14698b-200x300.jpg" alt="education"width="200" height="300" /></a>By Holly A. Bell Last week <a rel="nofollow" href="http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/Organizations/Schools/The+Princeton+Review" target="_blank">The Princeton Review</a> released their annual list of “<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/best-value-colleges" target="_blank">Best Value Colleges</a>”. While the Princeton Review makes their selections based on a formula that includes academics, cost of attendance, and gift aid, it does make you wonder about the definition of “best value”. Many of the colleges and universities on the list have rather high price tags. While some of the usual expensive schools were on the list including <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.yale.edu/" target="_blank">Yale</a>, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.vassar.edu/" target="_blank">Vassar</a>, and <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.reed.edu/" target="_blank">Reed</a>, the top three included <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.bates.edu/" target="_blank">Bates</a>, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.colby.edu/" target="_blank">Colby</a>, and <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.middlebury.edu/#story353239" target="_blank">Middlebury</a> Colleges. Granted, they make up for their high tuitions with significant student grants, but what if they didn’t? Would they still be a value? How do students measure value in their educations? <h2>How

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