Online Learning Update

April 20, 2016

Online courses’ metadata helps NCAA catch cheating coaches red-handed

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Megan Geuss, Ars Technica

NCAA’s report said that “after the enforcement staff confronted [the graduate assistant] with computer metadata, he admitted doing ‘some assignments’ and knowing that his actions constituted NCAA rules violations. An IP address “associated with graduate assistant B’s Pennsylvania hometown” was found to have submitted online coursework for a student in the town where one student-athlete was living, during a period in which graduate assistant B was traveling to that town. The metadata also apparently showed that graduate assistant B’s mother had completed some of the online math coursework, and then graduate assistant B modified it. And his mom wasn’t the only person in on the gig—the metadata for the online coursework also showed that a friend of the two graduate assistants had been completing and modifying psychology and English coursework as well.

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