View remix history

Is it possible to view the remix history of student projects? I suspect a student of academic dishonesty.


I would suggest you post this question to I don’t think it is possible but they could add this request in the future.

Thank you. I will do that.


Has this been resolved?

At the current time it is not possible to view the remix history. The word Remix: appears in the title of the app, but the student is able to remove it. I’ve sent it on to Hopefully they will add something in the future.

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It is now Jan '22 - has there been any progress with this?

I have a student who remixed a lesson: I had checked her code in the lesson and then went over the answers together. She was working during this time, but I assumed she was finishing the homework.

Later I looked and it was still incomplete: I asked her where her work was, and she said she showed me she had remixed it as a project. (we had started with partners).

Now there is no way for me to verify what was done before class.

I don’t see any way that I can check - am I missing something? Has no update been done for?

Sorry, I don’t think there has been any changes to AppLab.

One tool that can help spot cheating is to look at the version history of their apps on App Studio. The web-based tool will autosave very often as they work. The version history will show how they approach a problem, how they go back and fix errors, etc.

When the version history shows that at the start there is no code, and then 1 second later lots of code instantly appears, it indicates the code was pasted from another source. This does not directly imply plagiarism, but it is an indicator. When I have doubts, I simply challenge the students to explain line by line the code they wrote. Usually, the ones who plagiarize are unable to do this.

A few repeat offenders that have been caught due to a combination of the above 2 things try and get fancy and paste 1 line of code at a time, or slowly type it. However, nobody codes a lengthy program from top to bottom in perfect order with no mistakes or going back and making changes. They may make the version history spread out over a lot of auto-saves, but the keyboarding is too perfect.

At some point though, I have to accept that some students will go to great lengths to cheat and find many creative ways of bypassing tools designed to catch this. I find it interesting that some people will spend more time try to get away with cheating rather than just learn the material.