I just read an entertaining, but almost disheartening article that is a tongue-in-cheek eavesdrop on the conversation of two young professors twenty years in the future. They discuss the availability of automated plagiarism software that can research, copy or buy material, and then automatically edit the published works to the extent that the plagiarism can’t be detected. Here’s the article:
The Future of Plagiarism.
Maybe. But not today. For now software like TurnItIn.com can still be an effective tool for combating plagiarism in written works our students submit to us. At ORU we have a site license for it. Check out the link to it on the faculty resource page on the university web site: faculty.oru.edu/faculty.php.
In my conversations with colleagues about online education, the topics of cheating and academic integrity often come up. While these topics are also of concern in the traditional classroom, some may feel that online technologies may actually enable more widespread cheating.
Here is an interesting article from a Desire2Learn newsletter that discusses some ways to address such concerns.
In particular I found the discussion about creating contextual versus generic assignments very interesting. That is what I have been doing for quite some time — provide contextual assignments where students must study and interact with their own world and environment and report back on what they’ve discovered. Enjoy!