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Study groups have existed since there were universities. In law school sutdy groups are a norm We are encouraged to use technology so now they punish people for using them the comment that facebook could be used as cheat sheet is a red herring. No way does anyone have access during an exam to do this. some may try. As an older student I remember when other things such as slide rullers caused my elders to question our honesty. Welcome to the 21st century. They Ryerson people did nothing wrong. the exchange of notes via email ect is done all the time and is lauded so I would say Ryerson has the problem not the studnets


I certainly hope that the difference between what cheating is and is not, isn't a generation gap. Someone else is not suppose to give you the answers, only help you find the answers yourself. That's how you learn. You won't remember the answer someone else gave you when you write the exam.


The difference between having a regular study group in the library and what occurred the other week is that the library study group does not normally leave their solutions open for the rest of the world. They close their books and leave the library. Having your solutions open and displayed for the rest of the world via Facebook to see is a 'study group', but akin to one that deliberately leaves behind the solutions for the rest of the class. And this is obviously unacceptable.


I truly feel that the information that was obtained and exchanged through the facebook group could have been found any other way. I don't think the intent for "cheating" was there, given that there are better less public ways to do so. For instance, you can download answers to virtually any question you want answered, google, Wiki-- you name it and the information is there. The fact that this was made an open public discussion rules out the intent for cheating. I don't think it's a generation gap per se, I do believe that some people's standards of what is appropriate waiver a lot.


The only generation gap noticed in this facebook case is the transition from face to face to online communication. There seriously is no difference from giving someone their notes, to messaging them online. I guarantee many students at all levels of school use facebook and other site services to reach the same objective. However, the student and his group was ignorant to not make the group private and invite only. New privacy options are available, use them.

Garry Lapenskie

If it is a sign of a generation gap, the gap is one of the 'I, me or the first person singular group'. I feel that there are a very few numbers of students that will resort to whatever means that allows them to well in the system regardless of how the majority of the students chose to function within. Doing well within the system tends to justify the means. It is not a generation gap; it is a gap in ambition, fairness and misguided motivation. Don't refer to Facebook and other electronic means of information retreval as studying tools if they are used as 'cheat sheets' during the exam.

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