The Latest Anti-plagiarism Tools for Instructors

When students are pressed to meet a deadline for a term paper, they may become lax in following the proper procedures for writing and citing their papers. The Internet, a treasure trove of useful information, is also full of material that can be used by students to avoid their academic responsibility. Fortunately there are several online tools to check for plagiarism. Here is a look at a few of them.

Dealing with plagiarism

Sometimes the plagiarism is intentional. A student deliberately copies and pastes information from online sources and then passes it off as original work. But sometimes plagiarism occurs Read More…

Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism

With knowledge at their fingertips online, as well as hundreds of essay writing services, college students are often tempted to plagiarize. Teachers need to educate their students on the dangers of plagiarism to their college education, their integrity, and their future careers. Teachers also need to inform students that they can easily check for plagiarism with plagiarism detector tools. Consider some of these topics when working on curriculum development.

Role of the instructor

The instructor plays an important role in informing and preventing students from engaging in plagiarism. “By teaching students about plagiarism, and by reinforcing their knowledge of appropriate research skills, you’ll Read More…

Developing a Code of Ethics to Prevent Cheating in College

In recent years, news coverage has focused on the problem of high school and college students cheating on tests and in their coursework. Some believe that failing the ethical standards of their institution is less important than getting the good grade they will receive due to their less-than-honest efforts. To address cheating in college, develop a code of ethics for your classroom and make it clear that the consequences for cheating are severe enough to want to avoid.

Why do students cheat?

Matt Clutch, in his NACADA review of Cheating in College: Why Students Do It and What Educators Read More…

Students’ Top Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

As we noted in an earlier post, most college students are, to a certain degree, concerned about the problem of plagiarism; 25% of respondents to our survey said their peers are “very concerned,” and an additional 20% say they’re “somewhat concerned.”

Concern is one thing; action is another. So, how do they go about ensuring their work is, indeed, original and free of plagiarism?

In our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we also asked: “What steps do you take to make sure that your work is plagiarism-free?” The chart below shows students’ responses.

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Instructors’ Top Strategies for Identifying Plagiarism

When you assign projects, you want to see the evidence that students are thinking carefully, critically, and creatively about the topics related to your courses. However, you also want to ensure that students are, in fact, doing their own work: with academic integrity, and according to the principles and practices of sound research and scholarship. Therefore, the task of checking the originality of students’ work, and identifying plagiarism where it occurs, falls upon you (or your TA’s).

In our Spring 2015 Instructor Engagement Insights survey, we asked instructors: “What steps do you take to identify plagiarism in your students’ work?” What solution was the highest ranked among the 682 who responded to this question?

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Anti-Plagiarism Instruction in College Courses

Throughout their college careers, students will complete numerous writing and research projects. Not only do such projects engage students in the study of topics related to their course material, they also help students develop their skills as critical thinkers and writers. Academic integrity is a key principle related to students’ skillful completion of these projects. If students engage in scholarly research practices, and if they learn to cite their sources accurately, then they come away from the project with a finished product that represents their academic skills and their own informed thoughts on the topic or issue at hand. However, if they copy others’ work, neglect Read More…

Are College Students Concerned About Plagiarism?

Without a doubt: as an instructor, you’re concerned about plagiarism among your students. It’s an academic offense that could leave a serious mark on their records. Furthermore, when students plagiarize, they’re also taking shortcuts around the the critical thinking and analysis you want your them to engage in.

But to what degree are students themselves concerned about the problems associated with plagiarism? We wanted to better understand students’ attitudes; so, in our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked a number of questions surrounding this critical topic.

We heard from nearly three thousand students who all answered the question: “How concerned are your peers about plagiarism?” Will you find their responses surprising, or will they confirm your existing assumptions?

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Tips for Students: How to Avoid Plagiarism and Its Consequences

Detecting plagiarism may be an endless battle for instructors, but avoiding it is sometimes easier said than done for students. For many college students, knowing when and how to cite correctly is the biggest challenge. With only so many hours in a semester, writing and citation instructions are not always able to be covered in-class. To give students an idea of where to begin, share these tips with them for easily avoiding plagiarism. Read More…

Enhanced InSite Helps Improve Outcomes for Professor Amy Montz’s English Composition Students

Many English Composition instructors place a high value on the peer-review process. And certainly all instructors want to ensure the originality of students’ work. Seeking an online learning solution that will help facilitate those processes in your course? Discover how Dr. Amy Montz of University of Southern Indiana uses such features as the Personal Tutor, Resources for Writers, Originality Checker, and peer-reviewing tools within Enhanced InSite to build students’ skills, improve learning outcomes, and increase engagement in her classes. Read More…

Academic Integrity and the Online Setting

Some students may be tempted to believe that they’ll have an easier time cheating in an online course. They may think: “the instructor’s not here in the room with me; my cheating will go unnoticed.” However, acting on this (mistaken) belief could exact a heavy toll. Depending on your school’s policies, their lack of integrity could cost them a passing grade, credit for your course, time spent re-doing the work, or other disciplinary actions, some of which may be noted on their permanent transcripts. Repeat offenses may bring about suspension or expulsion. Though you may not be able to stand Read More…