Online Learning Update

August 28, 2012

Why Would Someone Cheat on a Free Online Learning Class That Doesn’t Count Toward Anything?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Torie Bosch, Slate

Last week on the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffrey R. Young reported that “dozens” of cases of plagiarism have been detected in classes offered by Coursera. According to the Chronicle, many of the alleged plagiarism incidents were caught by peer reviewers—students checking one another’s work. Apparently, some Coursera class discussion boards have hosted spirited debates in which users complain about plagiarism—or, in some cases, defend it, saying that since the class isn’t for credit, what’s the big deal? That question should be flipped: If the class isn’t for credit, why bother cheating?

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