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  •  I caught a kid plagiarizing...me! (10+ / 0-)

    I gave out a programming assignment, and a kid handed it in with code that I once wrote and put online.

    A pretty foolish attempt, considering how easy it is to catch that sort of thing.  After you've been writing for a while, seeing your own code is like looking in a mirror.

    Sadly, my first reaction wasn't "hey, that's me!"  It was, "Christ, who writes like that?"

    Linking to a news article is journalism in the same sense that putting a Big Mac on a paper plate is cooking.

    by Caj on Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 08:42:35 PM PDT

    •  Another story: the Prisoner's dilemma (6+ / 0-)

      Many years ago I was a TA for a PL/I class.  It was my job to give weekly recitations, hand out the weekly quiz, grade the assignments, and shield the students from the professor, who was a monumental asshole.

      One week I caught two identical assignments, but I didn't know who copied whom, or if they collaborated.  So at the next recitation, I announced out that I caught some cheating.  After giving everyone the talk about how cheating is dangerous to society because computer programs run banks and iron lungs, I gave my students an offer:  "if you cheated on this assignment, admit it at the bottom of your quiz and I'll just give you a zero for the assignment.  

      "However, if I collect the quizzes and the admissions contradict each other---if person A says `I worked with person B' but person B doesn't say anything---then I'll have no choice but to bring the matter to the attention of Professor Monumental Asshole."

      Technically all the cheaters could write nothing at all, which would be consistent, and nobody would lose points.  However, nobody wanted to risk deeper consequences, so both kids admitted to collaborating.

      They were good kids, though.  I later learned that they were high as a kite every single recitation.

      Linking to a news article is journalism in the same sense that putting a Big Mac on a paper plate is cooking.

      by Caj on Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 08:56:08 PM PDT

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      kyril, foresterbob

      for the laugh! That's actually really funny.

      Guess you learned a lot in the meantime. :)

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