[teknoids] Thoughts on an Open Book Final Exam - and a Kindle Casebook

Loftus Becker lofty at me.com
Mon Aug 24 21:32:49 EDT 2015

One possibility:

1. Install the Kindle reader on his laptop.

2. Inspect it immediately before the exam, making sure that the ONLY book on his Kindle reader is the casebook.

3. Run the exam allowing access to software on the computer but NOT access to the Internet, so he can’t download anything more onto the Kindle.

The problem with that is that he’d have access to other software on his computer, which you might not want.

Second possibility:

1. Wipe everything but the casebook from his Kindle (he can restore them later).

2. Give the exam in a room without wireless access.

The problem here is that there may be no such room.


> On Aug 24, 2015, at 8:31 PM, Bohl, Phillip C. <Phillip.Bohl at pepperdine.edu> wrote:
> Hello and welcome to the new year!
> I'm wondering if any of you have run into this and what you said/did.
> From one of our faculty: 
> "One of my students informed me that he purchased the civ pro casebook for my class via Kindle.  For my open book final exam, I allow any books that are listed on the course syllabus (but no others).  Any thoughts on how to monitor it so that this student can access his casebook on Kindle during the final exam but no others?"
> It seems to me that it is at the very least impractical to try to limit access to a single title on a Kindle.  
> Wishing you a terrific week,
> Phil
> Pepperdine Law
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