#Take5: 18: The best way to tackle plagiarism?

#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?

Best wishes,
Sandra & Tom

Take 5

Turn-it-off:  Making use of ubiquitous plagiarism to facilitate academic skills

Liam Greenslade

 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.

Bailey (2017)

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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The significance of the field of practice ‘Learning Development’ in UK higher education (my doctoral thesis)

#Becomingeducational Celebrate Easter and its tales of re-birth and hope…

By engaging with this inspiring PhD thesis from Dr John Hilsdon, co-founder of the LearnHigher CETL, the LDHEN jiscmail list and the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education.

We in #Becomingeducational are proud to re-blog his Abstract – and John invites people to email him if they want the longer read.

We will be doing just that…

May be you will also?

Happy Easter, 2018,

Sandra & Tom

John Hilsdon's Blog

This post includes the abstract of my thesis and information about how to access the full text. It was written for my Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD), Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth, UK, awarded in January 2018.


The significance of the field of practice ‘Learning Development’ in UK higher education

This thesis analyses Learning Development (LD), a field of practice designed to support students’ learning, and explores what this relatively new field can tell us about certain aspects of higher education in the UK. Theoretical work deriving from Foucault underpins the research. The empirical data is constructed from interviews, observation and reflexive autoethnographic sources, and the analytical thrust employs sociolinguistic tools from critical discourse analysis. The result is a case study of identity, offering unique insights into the field of LD itself and, through the ‘lens’ of LD, an original focus upon the production of relationships…

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