Thursday, April 21, 2016

Online courses’ metadata helps NCAA catch cheating coaches red-handed - Megan Geuss, Ars Technica

Donnie Tyndall, the head coach of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) men’s basketball team organized a cheating ring to help recruits satisfy academic standards. An IP address "associated with graduate assistant B's Pennsylvania hometown” was found to have submitted online coursework for a student in the town where one student-athlete was living, during a period in which graduate assistant B was traveling to that town. The metadata also apparently showed that graduate assistant B’s mother had completed some of the online math coursework, and then graduate assistant B modified it. And his mom wasn’t the only person in on the gig—the metadata for the online coursework also showed that a friend of the two graduate assistants had been completing and modifying psychology and English coursework as well.

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