1. Killam, Laura A. MScN, RN
  2. Luctkar-Flude, Marian PhD, RN, CCSNE
  3. Brune, Sara MA, RN
  4. Camargo-Plazas, Pilar PhD, RN


Educators who recognize the value of authentic written exams for promoting student critical thinking may struggle with concerns about cheating. In this article, we explore how educators may use open-web take-home exams to help students develop integrity and evidence-based practice skills. Lang's theory is used to explore why students may cheat. We discuss the importance of caring assessment practices by drawing on critical caring pedagogy and universal design for learning. Throughout the discussion, we illustrate how authentic questions and instruction that is focused on dialogue, collaboration, and resource use may reduce cheating possibilities while improving student learning.