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Teachers Fret as Students Flock to Study Sites

Online answers spark cheating fears
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2009 8:47 AM CDT
Teachers Fret as Students Flock to Study Sites
Students can ask for help with assignments and see copies of old exams online.   (©kennymatic)

(Newser) – Offering class notes, old exams, and homework answers, study websites are a big hit with students, but teachers are less excited about the technology, the Wall Street Journal reports. Instructors worry sites like Cramster, which has sold twice as many $10 monthly subscriptions in 2009 compared to a year ago, could encourage students to cheat. But as schools cut faculty and classes, demand grows.

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Cramster provides answers to problems in some 225 textbooks, driving one professor to cut the value of homework in final grades. Posted tests give site users a leg up when teachers reuse questions, and the websites profit from using the exams, which belong to teachers, notes a university official. “Some teachers think we're the worst thing to ever happen,” says the strategy head at one site.
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