On the heels of reports that some students on online course platform Coursera have copied content from other sources, the education startup this week started rolling out what co-founder Daphne Koller called their ‘first line of defense’ against plagiarism: honor code reminders that students must acknowledge reading before submitting some assignments.
The new addition comes after a story last week in the Chronicle of Higher Education about dozens of plagiarism incidents reported by students and professors on the platform. According to the story, students in at least three humanities courses on the site, which use peer grading, have complained about other students who have lifted content from Wikipedia and potentially elsewhere.
As online education has gained momentum in the past year, questions about the potential for cheating have also become more persistent. Online tests are often taken without the presence of an in-person proctor and, in general, students might feel…
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