Coursera looks to curb cheating in free courses

Coursera’s honor code will be used in three classes.

Coursera, the massive online open course (MOOC) site with myriad university partnerships, will require students to sign an honor code statement before they take the free classes.

The honor code was introduced in three Coursera classes – with plans to expand the code to more courses – after media reports detailed rampant plagiarism in the no-charge courses that offer curriculum from Princeton, University of Michigan, Stanford, and Penn, among other schools.

Students already checked a box indicating that they would comply with Coursera’s academic standards. The new policy includes an honor code agreement with every assignment submitted for grading by fellow students.…Read More