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What to tell students that plagiarised their programming assignment?

While there are an infinity of ways to write code that accomplishes any task, in tasks simple enough for labs, there are usually only two to four reasonable approaches for each step, and certain ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

This would depend on context, in my opinion. Given you know the identity of both the original author and the plagiarist, consider: Did the original author facilitate the plagiarism, or was the code ...
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What to tell students that plagiarised their programming assignment?

As a TA you are working for a professor. They are fundamentally responsible for grading. It would have been better had you checked with the prof before assigning grades and getting advice. But what ...
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When does excessive collaboration become plagiarism?

I'm presenting this as an answer to preserve it. It isn't a direct response to the question, I know. Let me draw out a conclusion from @BenI.'s answer. The plagiarism "problem" in education seems ...
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“What do you mean it’s plagiarism? It’s from the docs!”

So, my take on this is to sit down with the student and have roughly this talk: So, I'm a little disappointed by the lab you handed in, for two reasons. The first is that it is pushing on the edges ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

I have a somewhat different suggestion. Make every infraction an opportunity for learning, not a punishment scenario. Young people (& others) mess up. They get into "situations" and make dumb ...
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What to tell students that plagiarised their programming assignment?

I had had many years of industrial assembler experience before I did my degree, so the assembler module was a cakewalk for me, but a quagmire for my fellow students. I was prevailed upon to demystify ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

As outlined in my syllabus, both the contributor and the receiver have committed an integrity violation, and both will be punished. For me to feel that this is fair for everyone, I make sure to be ...
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When does excessive collaboration become plagiarism?

First of all, there is no straightforward, accepted answer to this question. Reasonable people define plagiarism differently, and there will be students who will play around at the very edges of what ...
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Plagiarism checks for source code

I have been responsible for using performing and evaluating tools for detecting software plagiarism in my academic department. There are several published review articles in the scholarly journals. ...
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What to tell students that plagiarised their programming assignment?

There is a point where you should award some marks for the code being complete and producing the output. If the code is only part of the assessment and the student was not capable of writing it ...
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What to tell students that plagiarised their programming assignment?

Students cooperate. This should be encouraged. The whole idea of stackexchange.com is cooperation. And it is a very good idea. The problem is drawing the line between cooperation and plagiarism. My ...
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What should a teacher do with information about plagiarism before the final submission

I assume that somewhere you discuss plagiarism and the social good of respecting the IP of others. If not, plagiarism detection is just a "gotcha" that doesn't really benefit the students or your ...
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Thoughts on copying and pasting code?

I let the kids cut and paste code but with the following caveats: They must cite the source (be it a classmate, another student or a site like StackOverflow) There has to be enough of their project ...
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When does excessive collaboration become plagiarism?

To plagiarise, all one has to do is not be honest about where the work come from. It matters not how much you copy, however if you copy a very small amount without any references, then this is ...
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When does excessive collaboration become plagiarism?

Two answers are possible: a direct answer to the explicit question(s), and a response to the implications for education hinted at by the excerpt. The written questions When does excessive ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

There is another way to approach this sort of problem, but it requires that you have the authority or power to modify the basic structure of the course. I actually prefer to structure a course in ...
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Thoughts on copying and pasting code?

I think it is fine, as long as it isn't an essential part. It saves time, and the students can learn from professionals, and can learn new ways of doing something that they never would have thought of....
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Thoughts on copying and pasting code?

In my class, the only rules I set are that kids may not give code to each other, either directly or indirectly. I also set a "rule of thumb" that if student A needs help from student B on a portion ...
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“What do you mean it’s plagiarism? It’s from the docs!”

Not sure you can blame the learner really. If the information was obtained by RingTFM then full marks. Hacking the standard library - unconventional but shows initiative. The real problem was the ...
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Concern over plagiarism in designing online course

So, as a matter of fine distinction, what you are doing cannot be plagiarism if it is credited. It could still be theft, and it could still be unethical, but plagiarism is passing someone else's work ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

It depends on the situation and your school's policy on academic integrity. At my school, it clearly states that authors may not knowingly permit other students to submit their work. You may want to ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

To kind of back up comments from others, I'll share something that happened to me. I wrote an assembler for the 6800 for a software tools class, about 1985 or so. I put lot of work into it, partly ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

Having been in a similar situation myself as a student (once upon a time) might I suggest a different strategy - one that doesn't immediately punish either party? Consider Jeutnarg's comment above ...
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What to tell students that plagiarised their programming assignment?

How can I prove plagiarism? Sometimes they change variable names but the implementation as a whole is just too similar. One student even copied the comments word-by-word! For code, I've found Stanford'...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

As mentioned, there are likely institutional guidelines for students handing in duplicated work. In my university this typically led to both students drawing the short straw (and as a result it nearly ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

I've been on the end that my work was copied. Or rather, I sent my solution to a classmate (as I needed help with a bug), discussed it, and later found out that another classmate had exactly the same ...
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When a student submits a work that is a copy from a colleague, should you also punish the student that made the work?

I would recommend the same punishment for each party, for several reasons: If you get two near-identical projects, it can be nearly impossible to determine which was the original. If you can only ...
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