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Blend 101511

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

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