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Presentation at BLEND Conference in Fresno, CA on 10/15/11

Presentation at BLEND Conference in Fresno, CA on 10/15/11

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  • 1. Got Plagiarism? I Have a Cure!
    Ida M. Jones, J.D.
    Verna Mae & Wayne D. Brooks Professor of Business Law
    Special Assistant to the Senior Academic Technology Officer
    California State University, Fresno
    idaj@csufresno.edu
    559 278-5711
  • 2. Symptoms
    Writing varies from assignment to assignment
    Paper or other assignment:
    Demonstrates sophisticated mastery of terminology
    Includes information not specifically covered in the course
    Has very sophisticated writing style
  • 3. Plagiarism issues at California State University, Fresno
    One Test to Determine Cause: Survey Data
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  • 4. General Population Participants from Feb-April Spring, 2010
     
  • 5. Cures-multi-pronged treatments
  • 6. TREATMENTS & CURE
    Workshops
    Assignment Redesign
    Institutional Implementation of Policies & Enforcement
  • 7. Treatment One: workshops
    Addressing Students’ Lack of Clear Definitions
  • 8. Workshops
    Face to Face Workshops
    Academic Integrity Workshops
    Every semester 12-14 workshops offered
    Many faculty require attendance
    Online Plagiarism Module
    Blackboard
    Delivered in Face-to-Face or Online courses
  • 9. Responses to Face to Face Workshops
    80% of faculty members who attended the plagiarism workshop responded that they had learned details about plagiarism which they were previously unaware
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    The vast majority of students, 88% or 2958 of 3357, felt they learned a great deal from the workshops, even though most students thought they knew the definition of plagiarism.
    (Academic Integrity survey, 2006-2008; Academic Integrity faculty survey, 2007).
  • 10. Treatment Two: Assignment Redesign
    Reducing students’ Ability to Find Assignments Elsewhere
  • 11. Treat Students-Ability to Find Assignments Elsewhere-p. 1
    Re-design assignments to make them more plagiarism-resistant
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  • 12. Treat Students-Ability to Find Assignments Elsewhere-p. 2
    Re-consider how you assess whether students have used sources
    Use plagiarism detection software such as Safe Assign
    Require that students attach copies of their sources to their assignments
    Others suggestions?
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  • 13. Treat Students-Ability to Find Assignments Elsewhere-p. 3
    Ask students to prove what they have learned
    Brief oral presentations
    Office meetings to ask for summaries
    Other suggestions?
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  • 14. Treat Students-Ability to Find Assignments Elsewhere-p. 4
    Create assignment(s) that tie to personal or classroom experiences
    Require that assignments make specific reference to textbook, classroom discussions
    Require that assignments make specific reference to personal experiences
    Other suggestions?
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  • 15. Treat Students-Ability to Find Assignments Elsewhere-p. 5
    Re-evaluate course structure and assignments
    Change the assignments every semester
    Require submissions in steps
    Other suggestions?
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  • 16. Treatment Three: Institution-wide Remedies
    Treat Lack of Institutional Implementation & Enforcement
  • 17. Institution-Wide Remedies
    Create institutional definition of plagiarism
    Institute an Honor Code
    Encourage consistent enforcement of policies
    Implement University-wide sanctions
  • 18. Conclusion-Questions?
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