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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