18 Aug '12, 1pm

Free Online Courses Plagued By Plagiarism

Free Online Courses Plagued By Plagiarism

Over a million people have registered to take the start-up Coursera ‘s online courses taught by professors from the likes of Stanford University, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania. Free courses taught by faculty from prestigious institutions: People have been saying that Coursera and other online “universities” (Udacity , Khan Academy ) are the wave of the future for higher ed, providing access to university courses, to knowledge, to the masses and for free. But a bit of reality has dimmed things for Coursera. As the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, students taking the start-up’s courses have discovered dozens of instances of plagiarism. Peer Grading and Dozens of Accusations of Plagiarism Coursera courses use peer grading, in which students are asked to read and comment on other students’ work. Said students...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/free-online-courses-plagued-b...

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