If you need help with online teaching or other challenges in academia arising from the COVID-19 crisis, we have prepared this FAQ to get you started.
63

I also teach a data and programming course, though I mainly use Python. Is it possible for you to shift grading away from an exam and toward something else? A project, for example? Before going back to academia I spent years working as a policy researcher, and exam conditions simply aren't a realistic test of real-life coding abilities. For that matter, ...


43

It is difficult to say if this was intentional or only an oversight - though an improper one. But the fact that they cite you generally, seems to imply sloppiness, not malice. Ask for a correction. I would simply point out the passages to them and provide them a proper citation for them. Since this is a book, it will likely go through several printings and ...


15

Make the question non-amenable to Googling Many of colleagues used to do what you mentioned: Having exams in labs and cutting off internet/network access to isolate their terminals. All with good intentions of not cheating. A different approach that I implemented was rethinking what I want to test them on and use that as the guiding source and create the ...


10

I have had my own work plagiarized and I know it does not feel good, in fact I was quite upset when it happened. In that case the plagiarism was pretty extensive and clearly done with malicious intent (by a graduate student at another institution), and I acted to inform the relevant people. I also had a mild concern at the time that the timeline of events ...


6

I would suggest you try education first. Point the other student to the paper you found and remind them that copying without citation is plagiarism. Perhaps they just aren't yet aware of the academic rules if they are new at this. But, say that had it gotten into the paper it would reflect badly on everyone. If you get pushback, rather than an apology, ...


5

I come at this as a former student and as a TA who assisted with exams. At my college there was one class I took that allowed for students to actively write and submit code via live submission for tests in person. They did not cut off the internet for us, but we were timed, and the requirements for the examination were strict enough that if you did not know ...


5

There are tons of open source software or scripts or libraries written in R. Give your students a randomly chosen such project (not a too small one), with the task of explaining what that software does in written English (perhaps with some math formula in LaTeX or KaTeX), and to extend or customize or execute that software (or library) for a problem of ...


5

A few sentences copied out of the papers reviewed in the literature overview before the main text of the thesis? I'd be rather surprised if that doesn't happen all the time.


3

The purpose of the background check is to find out if you are likely to abuse children on campus, assault your colleagues, or steal from the university. It is not related to academic integrity. Academic integrity is evaluated by reference checks and transcript checks. Convictions are decided by law courts, not university committees. You have a ...


2

For exams such as AZ-300, Microsoft use a combination of a secured browser and chat using the webcam of the computer being used. The person taking the exam has to scan the webcam around the room to show no other machines are on, and is observed while taking the test. They have dedicated software to ensure that no other browser sessions are open, but most ...


2

Plagiarism is representing the work of others as your own. There may be patent restrictions on your work (I don't actually know), and there are copyright restrictions on published material. But if you use ideas and cite the sources, then you aren't plagiarizing. Science, in fact, works by extending the work of others. We just give them credit for that ...


2

Ask the center for teaching and learning (or whoever at the university is in change of arranging faculty workshops on teaching - all the places I have taught have one) what the options for online proctoring are. When I have taught similar courses, there is software which can be used to proctor online exams. It basically consists of a browser lockdown, ...


2

Disallowing internet searches for a programming course seems a bit outdated these days. I would change the exam so that it relies less on memory and more on technique. I've had pre-interview technical tests which allowed internet searches, but were hard enough that if you had to constantly look up stuff, you'd never complete it. Main problem with online ...


2

Mistakes of this nature, when handled appropriately at the time, are part of the learning process and you can move beyond them without additional penalty. I assume you don't make such errors now, intentionally or otherwise. There are a few exceptions, however, as when applying to a national intelligence organization and being asked specific questions. You ...


1

The same company that sells the TurnItIn service has another product called iThenticate that is widely used by journal and conference proceedings publishers to check for plagiarism in submitted manuscripts. My institution uses this to check MS and PhD theses and dissertations.


1

As this applies to the entire university, your case may actually be more amenable to a technological solution than a course where the majority of exam answers are in the lecture notes that the students might have right next to them on paper as they take the exam (so even a secured browser session wouldn't help). The university is likely to be working on a ...


1

They are just around four or five sentences, which are directly copied from other journals. This is not a mistake, it is plagiarism. It doesn't matter that it is not in an important part of the dissertation. It also does not matter how much of the dissertation is plagiarized. However, in this case the misconduct apparently has nothing to do with you, so ...


1

You seem to be concerned that inclusion of experimental results will mean your dissertation isn't original. Yet, you could include such results whilst alleviating your concerns. For instance, you could present experimental results and explain that those results were carried out by your co-author. You could also include a fresh analysis of those results or (...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible