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Questions concerning work meant to be solved outside classroom time by a student, including questions about writing suitable homework assignments, grading, etc.

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To what extent should homework sets be changed in a math course, semester to semester?

I've curious as to the extent that materials should be refreshed between semesters, changing the contexts and updating numbers to avoid students passing on solutions from previous semesters of the ...
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Can I Use Old Work to Complete New Assignments? [closed]

In an American High School history class I wrote a paper which summarized a book and applied it to an assignment. Now, I got an English assignment which has similar requirements, and must be based off ...
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Is it ethical to study online solutions to for-credit math master's homework problems?

I am taking Complex Analysis for a master's degree in Pure Mathematics. The grade is: Three written evaluations. Questions the teacher asks that must be submitted every week. The teacher's ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

A friend of mine teaches German at a university outside the EU and has observed a rise of the quality of essays written by students, comparing the same years of study: first-year students now compared ...
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How to solve problems in state-of-the-art work with introductory knowledge

Edit: I consulted with the professor regarding this matter today. (The reason why I didn't ask before posting the question was because I feared I might have lacked some understanding --- I mentioned I ...
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Is it bad practice to cite online news articles in solely because it's not a "reputable" source (i.e journal articles or even books)?

I understand that this question may be nuanced, so I'd like to provide a personal example which led me to asking here in the first place. For context, I am currently doing my Bachelor's in IT. Some ...
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investigating an allegation that I may have potentially breached Code of Conduct

this year I had an assignment due. I had some personal issues going on with my mental health, which my school is aware of. During this time I received a message from someone in my university group ...
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How to handle a reflection exercise if a student skips the initial assignment?

For the next semester, I'd like to give students a reflection exercise after their first assignment -- specifically to confirm that they can access the feedback I leave in the online homework system. ...
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I botched the author and date of a reference – is this misconduct?

In a homework assignment, I wrote the wrong author and date with the title of the article in reference. Would it be counted as academic misconduct?
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What should I do if I regret paying online services for homework during my last semester of college?

During my last semester of college, I was going through many difficulties. I could get into detail about everything I was experiencing and feeling during this stressful time but it would be too long. ...
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The challenge large language models (LLMs) pose to programming-based homework

I teach courses in which, as homework, students implement data analysis algorithms from scratch, apply them to real and simulated data, and then reflect on the results. As a student in such courses, I ...
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Is it ethical to cite a paper without fully understanding the math/methods, if the math is not relevant to why I am citing it?

I'm writing an article for a university assignment, and I am essentially looking for sources to support fairly surface level points. Two of the points I am searching for is evidence of diffusion ...
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Does not being able to reproduce results in experiment-based assigments constitute cheating?

At my university, in a Computer Systems course I'm TAing, there are some experiment based assignments in which students are expected to perform experiments, record the results and prepare a report to ...
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How to convince my professor to let me pass when I got less than the required score in just one aspect of grading

There are various assessments and you need to get a grade of over 50% in each. i wasn’t able to do that in one of them (I came close) although my overall grade is good. How can I convince my teacher ...
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Requiring specific licensing for optional coursework - is it OK?

To gain extra credit for a course I lead, students can share their notes from a lecture which we intend to use as starting point to develop a better (free) learning material than just sharing slides ...
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Does anyone have any concrete evidence for the time distribution of student assignment submissions relative to a deadline

My question is about submission deadlines. When do students submit their work relative to a given deadline? I see a lot of second guessing and anecdotal evidence and "in my class I have seen this ...
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Are TAs expected to solve the homeworks or do they get the solutions from professor [duplicate]

Is the TA expected to solve the homework for the professor or is the professor supposed to provide the solutions to the TA for grading homework?
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The right to use one's own name [closed]

I have been putting my name on university assignments even though I know it's not advised. Something to do with unconscious biases. To me it's a moral principle to write my name on my work which is my ...
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Is plagiarism in the form translating an essay detectable?

Say a student needs to submit an essay as a homework assignment for a course. If they find an essay in another language and translate it into English -- to me, this is still plagiarism. But is there ...
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Is it unethical for nursing school assignments to require students private medical information?

The curriculum for the nursing program at my university regularly requires the student to write a detailed account of their HIPAA-protected medical information. The assignments usually require posting ...
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Is it collusion?

Is it collusion to discuss your assignment after you and the other party have both submitted it? A friend of mine and I want to discuss our assignment after we have both submitted it. The assessment ...
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Is a professor allowed to take off points for an assignment they messed up?

In the final week of a class, our final project included an essay, presentation, and discussion board responses to the presentations. This is an online class so we depend on the availability of ...
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How quickly should an assignment be returned to students?

As a student, it frustrates me when a professor gives us an assignment with a deadline, but then waits a month (or sometimes more!) before returning the assignment to us. I realize that professors are ...
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Should I let professors know of their potential mistakes?

I sometimes find potential errors in slides/notes that professors provide us as studying material. These are often some distraction or algebraic errors, other times lack of formalism that might ...
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What is the value of examinations (as compared with homework/term papers) under the honour system?

This question is asked in a university context where one assumes that the honour system works. (It is obvious that one needs more elaborate "sit-in" examination systems if students try to ...
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Why are exercises in US university classes graded?

I have been wondering a while why many universities in the US have graded homework in the STEM field. I completely understand the grading for mid-term exames or final exams. In those exams you have to ...
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Is it ethical to assign problem sets and not tell students which subset of problems will be graded?

It is common practice to have a homework strategy as follows: a professor might assign N homework problems but only have some random sub-set of those problems graded. This is motivated by a large ...
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Allowing flexibility in term paper topic

I could use some advice from more experienced instructors. My social science course culminates in a term paper based on independent research. However, in some cases students end up changing the topic ...
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I’m being asked to research maths for my Python module. Is this right? [closed]

I’m a mature student, starting a part-time MSc. computer science degree after a decade in industry, after previously graduating with a BSc degree. I am out of touch with academia, but I am excited to ...
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Is it cheating to get help with graded homework?

Suppose a person X asks person Y to explain some material from a course. Person X shows Y some homework that counts for a third of the grade and asks for help. They go through the homework, with Y ...
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Is there any role of Assignments & Quizes in research?

I'm a graduate student and soon be a Ph.D. student in Physics. The semester is about to end. We have been given too many assignments throughout the semester that we don't get time to read the topic ...
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Why do instructors not pursue academic integrity violations?

As a Ph.D. student, I have TA'd many classes, and it seems every semester, we have caught at least one person for directly copying homework answers from a previous year's solutions. In most cases (...
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How does extra time for disability apply to take home University essays, lab reports, etc. that are scheduled ahead of time? [closed]

Timed exams are a large part of university courses' curriculum and grades but another part is work that is assigned to be done outside of class on the student's own time. Could be scientific lab ...
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Can I request for a change of a musical piece assigned to me due to physical discomfort?

I wonder if this is going to sound silly, I'd rather vent this anonymously online first before taking any action in the real world... I'm doing a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and part of our ...
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Can I use the notation A:=B in a humanities assignment?

Currently I am working on a sociology assignment. Can I write A:=B (A is defined as B) in this assignment? Is this notation general in humanity assignments? In STEM assignments, I frequently use "...
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Is it fine to inform my professor that I'm not able to follow his class?

I'm a student in an Integrated Ph.D. course in Physical Science (Physics). Currently, I'm in the first year of this course where I'm taking core courses. I'm doing this course on Fundamentals of ...
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What should I do if I did someone else's homework a few years ago?

A few years ago, while I was working as a freelancer, I did something very stupid. On a freelancing website someone posted a few exercises about ordinary differential equations and asked someone to ...
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Is it plagiarism if you copy the structure of an assessment? [duplicate]

I have a group research proposal assessment at my university, and my friend had previously completed the subject, so he gave me his assessment as guidance for how the proposal should look. His group ...
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Uploading assignment answers - for prospective employers?

This question is similar to: 'Sharing assignments with a potential employer' However, it is not quite the same, and does not answer my query fully. My question is: I have been thinking about ways of ...
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Is it considered academic misconduct as a tutor to help your student with homework that is for marks?

I am a private tutor and some of my students are in university with homework assignments that count for marks. Is it academic misconduct to help them with homework that they will be submitting even if ...
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What tools can compare all text of submitted assignments semantically after paraphrasing and detect plagiarism?

With advances in AI, it is becoming clear that students are using paraphrasing software/sites (spinbot, quillbot, rephraser, etc.). I wonder if there are any free tools that can detect semantic ...
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I see an increase in homework plagiarism due to the ease of finding solutions online. I am concerned for my students and my work. What can I do?

I work as a remote tutor and help students understand hard concepts/problems in scientific fields in college/university/industry. I am finding a real lack of originality in exercises assigned by ...
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Does it count as academic dishonesty if I use the references of someone's assignment?

I'm currently working on an essay topic that a mate of mine happened to have done before on another course. He gave me his reference list on some ideas that coincide with my topic and stance, but I'm ...
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First year Math PhD student; My problem solving skill has been completely atrophied and continues to decline

I'm a first year PhD student in mathematics and I'm in a pretty bad spot. Over the last year or so of undergrad and first semester of grad school, I've completely atrophied my problem solving skill. ...
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Why do universities check for plagiarism in student assignments with online content?

Why do universities check for plagiarism for their internal assignments? The goal of these assignments should be to study and do research from the internet about topics and enhance one's knowledge. ...
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How do you respond when students submit the wrong assignment, but you only notice after the deadline has passed?

I occasionally get students who submit their assignments, but I only notice that they've submitted the wrong assignment when I begin grading. I can think of three possibilities to explain this: They ...
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My University professor copied parts of my assignment for the sample solution. Should he have credited me?

So I just saw this and found it kind of funny, a bit weird, I guess flattering and wondered if he should have at least asked me or gave me some credit and is he allowed to do this as the professor? ! ...
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Is it considered plagiarism when you modify your professor's proof when solving a problem in a homework assignment?

I have a homework wherein a problem is eerily similar to a theorem we have proven and discussed before in class. Since we have a policy that the only concepts and theorems that we can apply to our ...
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Peer shared with me "too much information" for a homework problem

In the summer, I took a math course where one of the homeworks involved a question where answers were expected to include several diagrams alongside an explanation. At the time, I thought it was a ...
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Are assignment submissions on paper obsolete? [closed]

When students turn in papers, are they electronic? or do they turn in physical paper copies? Perhaps there is one answer for high school students and another for college / graduate school?
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