And Knitting Clio is also correct about meeting students during exam time. The other option is to use Blackboard/Vista, Moodle, or Turnitin.com as a dropbox to receive papers. (Can also use e-mail, but that’s increasingly unreliable thanks to the ^&*#%%Q spammers.)]]>
Just because someone is an “A” student does not mean that they are a moral, non-cheating student. For all we know (and we don’t, which is my point here), the “A” student had cheated before in order to maintain her GPA status.
Likewise, just because someone is a “C” student does not mean that they are willing to cheat in order to get a higher grade. A person can be a sub-par student without being amoral. I think that looking at their transcripts can only bias the viewing audience. Former grades should have no impact on deciding which student cheated.
And this is coming, thanks very much, from an “A” student.
The original author is typically in the Word document properties and I can determine quickly if student A generated the document or student B, regardless of the date stamp.
I’ve never seen an “A” student copying the work of a “C” student.
I spent 45 minutes explaining how I knew one student copied from another student’s exam. They were transcription errors that I picked up instantly, but were difficult to explain. Things like an equation copied with a 6 instead of a ( .]]>
The past performance bit is a good one, too.]]>