Educational Technology

February 20, 2015

How to Fight Plagiarism in Your Classroom

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Leigh Ann Whittle, Edudemic

In 2011, Edutopia published an article discussing how to combat plagiarism. Four years later, we are still looking for ways to fix this problem. In this article, we’ll look at how to identify plagiarism and how to prevent it. The Edutopia post indicated that 55 percent of college presidents believe plagiarism has increased since 2000. Another Edutopia post indicated that papers submitted to the Turn It In software, which determines whether or not papers have been plagiarized from online content, averages 3.7 content matches per paper, typically from sites such as Wikipedia and Yahoo! Answers. Paper mills, common sources for plagiarized work, accounted for less than 20 percent of plagiarism instances. So, if you’re like me, you’ve probably seen a rise in plagiarism. Like the 89 percent of college presidents who blame the Internet, I believe the Web makes plagiarism too easy. But let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water. Though the internet is often a big source for plagiarism, it is also offers solutions, such as Turnitin or SafeAssign (these aren’t foolproof).

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