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ERIC Number: EJ847914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1551-3696
Technology and Plagiarism in the University: Brief Report of a Trial in Detecting Cheating
Patton, Rob; Johnson, Diane; Bimber, Bruce; Almeroth, Kevin; Michaels, George
AACE Journal, v12 n3 p281-299 Jul 2004
College students exploit information technology to cheat on papers and assignments, but for the most part university faculty employ few technological techniques to detect cheating. This paper reports on a trial of software for the detection of cheating in a large undergraduate survey class. The paper discusses the decision to adopt electronic means for screening student papers, the techniques used, the outcome, strategic concerns regarding deterrence versus detection of cheating, and the results of a survey of student attitudes about the experience. The paper advances the thesis that easily-adopted techniques not only close a sophistication gap associated with computerized cheating, but can place faculty in a stronger position than they have ever enjoyed historically with regard to the deterrence and detection of some classes of plagiarism. (Contains 3 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A