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

James G. Milles jgmilles at buffalo.edu
Mon Aug 24 21:46:13 EDT 2015

This is why I ultimately decided to make my last ethics exam fully open
book: students were free to use anything they liked. I just tried to write
the exam in such a way that nobody would gain any advantage by using
anything other than the course materials.

Jim Milles

On Monday, August 24, 2015, Loftus Becker <lofty at me.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Lofty
> On Aug 24, 2015, at 8:31 PM, Bohl, Phillip C. <Phillip.Bohl at pepperdine.edu
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','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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James G. Milles
Professor of Law
SUNY Buffalo Law School
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