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ERIC Number: EJ1015441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
Fixing the Copier
Schaffhauser, Dian
Campus Technology, v26 n7 p12-17 Mar 2013
Plagiarism is rife on campus, with students lifting material from a host of online sources. While technology has made cheating much easier, can it also provide a solution? Internet access allows students to hit cheat sites and paper mills, copy off websites, and "collaborate" with fellow students. However taking an optimistic view of the situation, if technology plays a role in facilitating student cheating, it also has the potential to fix it. At the very least, it can act as a virtual policeman in identifying cheaters. But educators are hoping that technology can assume a more preventive role as well, helping teach students what's acceptable and change poor writing habits. Some higher education institutions are using products such as "Turnitin for Educators," a program that highlights streams of words that have appeared elsewhere--and how many times those particular word streams have been used, or "PaperToolsPro" a web-based product that helps students take research notes. The tool features a text window where students copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop an original passage that they read online. In a box right below, students then rewrite the passage in their own words, adding an identifier and a few keywords. In this way, they create a collection of notes that form the building blocks of their research paper. John Moravec, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota and author of the digital book, "Knomad Society," notes the simple explanation for at least some plagiarism is that it's culturally driven. The antidote? Continue educating students about what plagiarism is and why it shouldn't be done. In his view, it would be better to encourage people to do "much more creative work that reflects their own personal knowledge," which, in turn, will encourage them to cite the work of others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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