#Becomingeducational To plagiarise or not to plagiarise – that is the question
A recent discussion on the ALT jiscmail (the discussion group for those applying learning technologies in education) – the talk was of Turnitin and plagiarism.
It so often is…
So we rummaged around and found again this excellent blogpost by Liam Greenslade that we originally published on our sister blog: #Take5 last year.
This is an excellent post that explores why students might be tempted to plagiarise… and developmental steps that we can take to raise awareness of academic conventions whilst developing student understanding and learning.
We hope you enjoy it!
And – if you have an approach or strategy for developing rich student learning – why not think about producing a #Take5 blog post of your own?
Sandra & Tom
Turn-it-off: Making use of ubiquitous plagiarism to facilitate academic skills
While asking why writers plagiarize might seem to be a fool’s quest, it can actually be very helpful in preventing future plagiarisms. After all, if we assume it isn’t just the “evil” that plagiarize, it makes sense to take a moment and figure out what would make a “good” person commit such a deed.
In our cut and paste culture, even if it is not actually the case, it sometimes seems that we are being overwhelmed by a plague of plagiarism, not just in academia but in all walks of life (e.g. Scroth, 2012). The current popularity of tools like Turnitin in higher education suggests that what started out as a solution in search of a problem may have opened a Pandora’s box in which our notions of academic honesty and integrity are…
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