Digital Homework Helps ... Except When it Doesn't

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In a recent podcast for
Academic Minute, Professor Arnold Glass of Rutgers University offered us an update on something we know, but with a digital twist. Here’s the part we all know: copying answers to complete your homework, even for an online quiz or assignment, doesn't help student performance on quizzes and exams given in class.

The digital twist: the advent of digital copying of answers to online quizzes/homework has actually made the problem worse:
"The percent of students who did not benefit from correctly answering homework questions increased from 14% in 2008 to 55% in 2017." Glass describes the effect of using digital search tools to complete online homework as "insidious," suggesting that students have no idea that completing these tasks using digital search "have no idea that in achieving higher homework scores they are sacrificing equally good scores on exams.”
Read on, Macduff…