Plagiarism on Coursera

Aug 21, 2012

NO-STAKES CHEATING? The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that students have caught one another plagiarizing on Coursera--some for a "Fantasy and Science Fiction" course, no less. (Coursera humanities courses encourage peer grading.) Observers are boggled: what's the point of cheating in classes that (currently) don't count toward anything? Tory Bosch in Slate suggests one big factor may be gamification and our obsession over achievement--"even when the stakes are nonexistent."

Plagiarism on Coursera

Aug 21, 2012

NO-STAKES CHEATING? The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that students have caught one another plagiarizing on Coursera--some for a "Fantasy and Science Fiction" course, no less. (Coursera humanities courses encourage peer grading.) Observers are boggled: what's the point of cheating in classes that (currently) don't count toward anything? Tory Bosch in Slate suggests one big factor may be gamification and our obsession over achievement--"even when the stakes are nonexistent."

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