Dartmouth College medical school remote exam cheating

May 2021
Updated: December 2021

Valley News has revealed that a number of students at Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine, New Hampshire, are being investigated for allegedly cheating by using a learning management system while taking their exams remotely.

Taking the exams involved students using one software program to take the exams and Canvas to store course materials. Dartmouth says Canvas data shows some students looked at course material during their exams.

Some students argue that their laptops, phones, and tablets regularly ping Canvas even when they are not using it. Accordingly, access was automated and random rather than intentional.

Later, it emerged that 17 students had been charged based on the college secretly tracking what students did on Canvas during exams. Critics of Canvas say the the learning management system is unreliable and an inappropriate way to track students.

Operator: Dartmouth College
Developer: Canvas
Country: USA
Purpose: Detect and prevent cheating
Technology: Learning management system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Ethics
Opacity: Existence