Use of Microsoft SharePoint May Reduce Exam Dishonesty
There is an unusual article at the SharePoint & Assessment Blog. “Cheating on Tests Less Likely if You Use SharePoint?” asserts that people being formally evaluated via SharePoint just might be more honest than those being evaluated by stand alone applications.
The article explains the reasons behind this by citing Donald Cressey’s Fraud Triangle. With the Fraud Triangle, people will commit fraud (cheat) if they have motivation, opportunity, and rationalization. SharePoint works to reduce fraud in a case where SharePoint passwords are usually kept secret because it might give them access to private information or allow actions that could reflect badly on the user.
If your organization culture allows SharePoint password exchange, then using SharePoint probably won’t help exam security. But if your organization culture is such that people will not easily give their SharePoint password to someone else, then using SharePoint as an entry point to online tests and exams could reduce impersonation and so reduce cheating.
The above article brings up an interesting facet of SharePoint. More critical to most enterprises, however, is the use of SharePoint for finding unstructured content. In this case, SharePoint often falls short of expectations unless a third-party solution is applied. The Semaphore Content Intelligence Platform from Smartlogic uses taxonomy and ontology management, automatic classification, and contextual navigation to enhance SharePoint search and navigation and increase productivity.
Ken Toth, April 6, 2012