ERIC Number: EJ924862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Reference Count: 4
Plagiarism: What's the Big Deal?
Hansen, Brittney; Stith, Danica; Tesdell, Lee S.
Business Communication Quarterly, v74 n2 p188-191 Jun 2011
In academic culture, plagiarism is considered to be a form of cheating and therefore unethical. Understandably, instructors try to eliminate this kind of unethical behavior from their courses. But what if they designed their assignments and exams in such a way that students would find no reason to cheat? The authors think that it is possible, at least in the case of technical communication courses, and many of these same teaching strategies detailed in this article can apply to other fields of study. The authors describe two types of assignments they have developed which are difficult to plagiarize. Instructors who create these types of assignment may not have to punish plagiarism and instead will be encouraging innovative and original student work.
Descriptors: Assignments, Technical Writing, Plagiarism, Teaching Methods, Cheating, Business Communication, Writing (Composition), Portfolios (Background Materials)
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