The mini calculator got banned first, then smartphones. Smartwatches are the next in line.
A number of British universities are worried that once the Apple Watch launches (sometime in April), there will be no stopping students from cheating on exams, which is why they have decided to ban smartwatches altogether.
As Buzzfeed reported yesterday, “multiple universities are starting to actively ban all watches from the exam hall”, including the University of London and London’s City University. In the summer of 2014, the University of London expressed concern about what the Apple Watch could do once it is out, and that it would become difficult to tell whether the students are carrying a regular or a smarwatch.
Nowadays, nearly all smartwatches are connected to smartphones, which means that they could present perfect cheat sheets. Given their designs (like we said, most look like normal watches), however, one wouldn’t know if you are simply looking at the time or receiving a message or a piece of information relevant to the test in front of you. This is why London’s City University now considers a smartwatch to be in the same rank as a smartphone, and students are required to take off their watches once they enter the exams rooms. Basically, smartwatches are treated the same as smartphones. And if you need to know what time it is, you’ll have to satisfy with clocks hanging on the walls.
Due to the introduction of smart watches, candidates are no longer permitted to wear any kind of wrist watch in an examination venue. Please ensure that your wrist watch is placed in your bag before the start of the examination. Anyone found wearing a wrist watch in the examination venue will be asked to remove it and to place it on the floor under their desk.
Do you think this whole issue has been overblown or do you agree with the decision of British universities?0