Collaboration versus Cheating: Reducing Code Plagiarism in an Online MS Computer Science Program

Mason, T., Gavrilovska, A., & Joyner, D. A. (2019). Collaboration versus Cheating: Reducing Code Plagiarism in an Online MS Computer Science Program. In Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. ACM Press.

Abstract: We outline how we detected programming plagiarism in an introductory online course for a master’s of science in computer science program, how we achieved a statistically significant reduction in programming plagiarism by combining a clear explanation of university and class policy on academic honesty reinforced with a short but formal assessment, and how we evaluated plagiarism rates before and after implementing our policy and assessment.

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