As I mentioned, I'm only writing essays and doing peer review for the remaining four weeks of the class. I just got my robomail (verbatim identical every week), telling me my peer essays are ready to review. I open the first essay. I read this sentence:
The War of the Worlds was written in 1898 by H.G Wells in response to several historical events such as the unification and militarization of Germany.
That's odd, since we were not assigned to read The War of the Worlds. So, I Google the sentence, and here's the top hit:
So, I guess the Honor Code didn't solve everything, did it? Surprise, surprise. The rest of the essay is plagiarized verbatim from this website, ironically named "123helpme.com." Coursera still has nothing in place for such assignments to be flagged for inspection. This student clearly needs help - but who is going to provide that help? Apparently not Coursera or the course instructor.