[Athen] Dragon use during exams

Al Puzzuoli alpuzz at msu.edu
Sun Jul 20 08:59:36 PDT 2008

In my mind, the question would be, "What is the balance between
accommodating in any way possible, as opposed to protecting the
integrity of the test taking environment?" There's no right answer, but
it's hard enough to lock things down tightly on a centrally managed PC.
If a student were using his/her own computer, doing so would be
virtually impossible. In such a situation, if that student decided that
she wanted to cheat, she would find a way, so I wouldn't worry too much
about Dragon in particular.

Al Puzzuoli

Michigan State University

Information Technologist

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

120 Bessey Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1033


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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Jennison Mark Asuncion
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2008 4:40 PM
To: Equal Access to Software & Information; athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Dragon use during exams


Passing a question along from a colleague in the UK.

Is the use of Dragon, particularly the most recent versions, acceptable
in an exam situation particularly because it includes the ability to
create macros? Some have argued that the availability of the macro
function introduces the possibility that this
could allow pre-prepared material ( for example whole paragraphs) to
inserted into answers when a student is using his/her own computer to
sit for an exam. If the most recent versions are being used during
exams, has concern been raised over the potential for cheating using
macros, and if so, how have you mitigated this concern and the potential
for cheating?


Jennison Asuncion
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