I noticed two very similar but distinct tags — and .

The tag is less than a year old, is used on only twelve questions (two of which are also tagged with ), has no tag description, and seems to cover the same topics as .

So, I suggest that be made a synonym of .


Looking at the twelve questions tagged , I don't see the usage of this tag as necessary (the key points are already covered by other tags, and the tag seems redundant in those questions).

I think we can safely remove tag from those few questions, without the need of creating an (imperfect) synonym, and then let the system clean up the abandoned tag.

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    I have to agree with this, since course-design also exists. And since courses has no wiki it is unclear what it means. – Buffy May 7 at 13:46
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    We probably should blacklist the tag after that, lest it be recreated at the next opportunity. – Wrzlprmft Mod May 8 at 11:40
  • @Wrzlprmft According to step 3 here, once we removed the tag, we should have another meta discussion to decide whether the tag it's worth blacklisting. It seems a quite convoluted process. – Massimo Ortolano Mod May 10 at 20:37
  • @MassimoOrtolano: I don’t think we need to go through that process when it’s just about avoiding people resurfacing an unclear synonym or pointless tag. It’s more for cases where you really don’t want a topic on the site or similar. – Wrzlprmft Mod May 10 at 20:45

In most of my teaching the term refers to what would be called "homework" at grade school. It is a specific assignment created by the teacher that when completed contributes to the assignment of grades based on the judged quality and content. The grade is usually the result of the . There may be several items of within a course. differs from an examination in that it is done in the student's own time over a specified period.

However is completely different. This relates to a component of a degree programme (often worth a specific number of credits) that contains several elements of assessment, some of which may be . The term can, in some places, be synonymous with a programme and elsewhere be a specific component of a programme (e.g degree programme).

There should be no synonym or blacklist action.

I also refer you to the meta question: Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

  • In the US I often see people use "coursework" to refer to the courses included in some graduate program. For example "there is more coursework in Program A than program B" would not make me think of homework assignments but I would take this to mean that program A has more required courses and more time put towards courses vs research compared to program B. I don't think I ever hear "coursework" used as a synonym for "homework". – Bryan Krause May 6 at 15:55
  • All my examinations in grad school have been take-home essays which are done in my own time over a specified period – Azor Ahai -him- May 7 at 17:05

It seems like would be used by students, but could be plausibly used by both instructors and students, like here and here maybe.

"Coursework" is also a bit more specific (that first question, "Why do TA teach sections?") isn't really about coursework.

I support the synonymization, but just some points to think about.

  • Agreed, an alternative might be update their tag descriptions and clearly delineate the usage for each, which is not happening right now. – GoodDeeds May 5 at 15:57
  • Maybe it would be better to blacklist it and say "use coursework for students, or teaching for teaching?" – Azor Ahai -him- May 5 at 15:59
  • Blacklisting is fairly unusual and requires staff intervention. Probably better to make it a synonym, make the usage clear, and retag any of the 12 questions that would become tagged inappropriately. – Bryan Krause May 5 at 23:27

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