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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 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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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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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 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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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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Use of automated assessment of programming assignments

(This is a reworking of Software for submitting and testing programming assignments.) First, a bit of background. Many courses in applied mathematics have a programming component, where students are ...
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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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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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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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Why do lecturers give only couple of days to do exercises?

I have always been on a courses where lecturer teaches something and then gives the exercises on that subject. Is that a better way than reveal all exercises when the course begins? I mean, why I ...
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Software for submitting and testing programming assignments

Can anyone recommend an open source system for students to submit programming assignments? Ideally it would be something that would run on the web, do some level of testing on the server side, and ...
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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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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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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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How to handle students who try to negotiate away penalties for late submission of coursework?

I'm teaching a course where coursework is submitted online. Recently, an important group project assignment was due. The students are required to submit a project report, which contains a link to a ...
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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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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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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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Instructor listening in secretly in simulated intake assignment -- allowed? Ethical?

I am in an online, accredited, public, post-baccalaureate degree program. I think it's the first time my instructor is teaching a university course -- at least at this institution. The instructor ...
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Should we tell students they need to improve their English?

As an instructor or teaching assistant for a graduate class at a top institution, is it okay to tell students (e.g. in homework feedback) that they need to improve their English? What's the best way ...
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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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What would be the best way to convince a professor to waive late submission penalties?

I am a grad level student and I am completing my last course this semester. The professor is reducing our grade by 20%/day if we submit our assignment late. It is a lot. For example, my grade is 18/...
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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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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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Do universities keep records/a database of student assignments from the past? Or is only Masters/PhD work kept to publish in journals?

Do universities keep work done by students for later research and/or plagiarism detection by future students (eg. self-plagiarism)?
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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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What stops a university from doing whatever they want when an academic misconduct allegation arises?

I got permission from a professor to submit an essay to him that I wrote for one of his previous classes. It is academic misconduct to do this unless you receive permission from the professor. Say ...
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Is a professor required to provide homework solutions?

For graduate school classes, if a professor writes his own homework questions and creates his own problem sets, is he required to provide solutions to the homework problems, after the homeworks have ...
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Should a teacher be able to solve all the assignments they give their students themselves?

A moment ago, I happened upon https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/99712/almost-impossible-sudoku-like-puzzle which explicitly mentioned that this student was given a puzzle in math class that ...
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How do I ask instructors for more challenging and/or interesting homework?

This question is prompted mostly due to a Numerical Methods and Computer Programming In MATLAB course I took this summer (textbook). To summarize the course it's basically methods for solving linear, ...
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How can I prevent students from writing answers on an assignment, then claiming I didn't see their answer?

What is a good way to prevent students from writing an answer after you hand back a graded assignment (exam/homework) and claiming that you did not see their answer? It is clear to me that this ...
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What is the proposed penalty for students that paid an essaywriting service to complete their papers for them? [duplicate]

I had noticed a sudden change in the quality of the essays submitted two of my students. When I confronted them, they were quite frank and admitted that due to lack of time, they had assigned their ...
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Referencing assignments from past students

When working on an assignment (e.g. essay, report), is it allowable or ethical to reference (as in both "read" and "cite") previous students' submissions for that assignment? For example, the student ...
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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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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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Balancing empathy and deferring to the syllabus in teaching responsibilities

Questions of similar topics have been asked here for the situation of instructing a course and here and here for the situation of 'no late work' policies. Additional questions about balancing teaching ...
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How should one deal with fellow students constantly asking for notes?

I'm an undergraduate student in the Netherlands, and as the title states, I'm encountering an annoying situation. How should one deal with the situation of constantly being asked for the notes of a ...
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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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How do you enforce handwriting standards for homework assignments as a TA?

I am a TA who is helping to grade student homework assignments for an undergrad engineering course which involves a lot of mathematics. The homeworks all together count for miserly 5% and is only ...
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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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What to do about a student who missed multiple assignments and claims illness?

I am the professor in charge of a first-year course for undergraduates. Recently, I received an e-mail from a student, the general meaning of which is the following: Dear professor, I am sorry ...