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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

It's not just one student. As mentioned in comments, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Various studies gauge the percent of college students who cheat at somewhere between 75% and 98%. I would ...
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Finding the Balance in a Math Question (Teaching)

I think it is helpful to let students know that you are looking for their thinking while problem-solving, and not just answers. Then you can ask questions like: Find all of the points on a circle of ...
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What websites allow students to purchase solutions to problems?

If you are teaching algebra or calculus courses, Mathway and Symbolab have algorithms that allow paying users to see full solutions with steps shown. The algorithms often do strange things that no ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

My own experience is to not give any high-stakes take-home exam-like content (I'm not speaking of a paper, of course) in a lower-level course. There is too much incentive for even well-meaning ...
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A student is cheating and I don't know how

First off, I challenge the framing of the question. You seem to be seeking answers for the question How did the student get the correct answer from this work? Unfortunately, I don't think that ...
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A student is cheating and I don't know how

Do you give full credit for answers without clear work?? If you don't then I suggest you give partial credit and meet with the student in the guise of helping him write his work more clearly so that ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

As a student currently taking college Programming Fundamentals II and Pre-Calculus II, but having the experience of the world (33 years old, 8 year army vet), I can say that a student has significant ...
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Finding the Balance in a Math Question (Teaching)

Note: It's possible that in the future, Wolfram Alpha will improve and be able to answer the questions in this answer, so it's best to actually try them in Wolfram Alpha first. Use questions that ...
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What websites allow students to purchase solutions to problems?

Not organised sites like Chegg but I try to keep an eye on several sources. Freelance "teachers" who solve exercises, sometimes somehow disguised as classes - classes where your exercises ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

My school math teacher was very smart and I'll tell about his solution of (any) cheating problem. If anybody is suspected in cheating just call him to the desk and ask about doing same(or very similar)...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

I think timed exams are a better way of assessing mastery of material than take homes. If you can't do it fast, under pressure, and with limited assistance*, than you don't really know the stuff the ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

Some students will cheat. (So do some grownups.) In my experience it's not a large fraction, despite the studies that seem to say otherwise. I think I caught most of what went on in my classes. I was ...
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How cheating on homework affects student questions

Imagine a scenario where you don't have a hypothesis about your students' unwillingness to ask questions in class or during office hours. Your question may just boil down to: "How do you get students ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

What if a day or two after the take-home test was turned in you gave a short in-class test that covered some of the same subject matter (very similar questions). You could use this to weight the take-...
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What websites allow students to purchase solutions to problems?

one that hasn't been mentioned is Slader. I only learned about it through this article on cheating in a Princeton math course: https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2020/05/princeton-teaching-...
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A student is cheating and I don't know how

From the picture you gave, it seems like he wasn't cheating. The whole solution, including how he got there, is there, even though in a bad style and wrong in some places: He started by getting the ...
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How do I track down the sources of solutions which students have used to cheat on exams?

How were the "cheggspert" (i.e. the person employed by chegg to solve students' exam questions) and my student able to locate the github repository containing this question? Here's a possible ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

I had a professor who had dealt with a similar situation, although in computer science, and dealt with it like this. The assigned homework was considerably more difficult than the tests, and group ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

I agree with much of what's already been said here already, but looking at the question from a different angle, you said: I've always had problems taking timed exams myself and find the anxiety ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

My opinion here is that 44hrs is plenty of time for the course to be taught (based on most higher academic institution course lengths), but you are doing them a favour based on your experience, and ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

In my Business Calculus classes, I have three standard in-class tests and four to five projects that they have one week to complete. The projects test the kind of more creative thinking that I think ...
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Should I ask for a proof-of-work for online exam?

I also teach discrete mathematics, and do so online, including exams, in the last two years. All of my test questions in that course are open-response, using the "essay" type of question on ...
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Finding the Balance in a Math Question (Teaching)

Related rate word problem question with some geometry needed as part of the problem. But. I would caution you that if you are teaching weaker students, there is a problem in assigning tough problems ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

Most in-class exams I have seen are indeed too long and, as it happens, essentially highly redundant. So, how about giving shorter exams which require a bit of thinking ---as opposed to "example ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

One course I took on University had a simple approach on this: Everyone had to explain one of their answers in front of the class, and failure to do that appropriately resulted in the student loosing ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

This is quite a simplistic approach to the one individual so forgive me if its too simple to be workable - but how about calling him in and putting the exact same exam paper in front of him and asking ...
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Should I change my take-home exam policy because of one suspected cheater?

I'm a very firm believer of the idea that everybody needs to do his or her own work, whether it be homework, tests, exams or anything else. Let's start talking about homework: Nowadays many teachers ...
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Is it a good idea to use past questions in examinations?

I think it's a great idea. The point is to drive learning, not trickiness. If they've mastered the typical problem set (including the workings), that's fine. You can't know how to work 50 tests ...
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Is it a good idea to use past questions in examinations?

It depends on your goals for the examination. Typically the goal is to assess students' understanding, or measure them in some similar way. Will having some prompts on your exam that are identical to ...
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