Search engine targets sharing of course documents on Course Hero

Image: Zackary Dixon and Kelly George, both professors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, were at a faculty meeting and commiserating about Course Hero, a website students use to upload and share documents related to their courses, when an idea came to them. What if they could come up with an automated way to help professors identify content from their courses that had been shared on the site, and request its removal?

Professors have long been concerned about the risk of student cheating posed by students sharing copyrighted course documents, including tests and quizzes, on Course Hero, which bills itself as “an online learning platform of course-specific study resources.”

Ask any faculty member if they know about Course Hero, and they’ll say, “I’ve heard a little bit about it, but tell me more,” said George, an associate professor in Embry-Riddle’s College of Aeronautics, which has its main campuses in Arizona and Florida. “You open your

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