Now there is software to keep students who are taking exams remotely from checking online resources.
This is stupid.
In the 2020s, students’ ability to recall facts without access to resources is irrelevant. It in no way reflects what they will need to know or do in any future situation.
Computer science students should take tests with access to StackOverflow and Google, since that’s what they’ll do in the real world.
Math and physics students should take tests with access to online textbooks. If they need the textbook — or their notes — to remember how integration by parts works, that’s fine. In any future situation where they need to integrate by parts, those resources will be available.
History students should write test essays with access to the full internet. If they copy/paste things and plagiarize, that’s easy enough to detect.
Accounting students should have access to accounting rules. Engineering students should have access to engineering software. Marketing students, political science, music theory, and sociology students should have access to every textbook they learn from in their courses.
If you’re not familiar with the content or techniques you were supposed to learn, you’ll never master it enough to demonstrate it during the time period of the exam, regardless of what resources are available to you. If you are, then access to all those resources accurately reflects how you’ll use that knowledge and those resources in real-life situations.
COVID-19 has given us the gift of online exams. Let it also give us the gift of understanding how knowledge actually works for students — and for everyone — in the twenty-first century.