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The best way to deal with plagiarism, is to expose the culprits to the world. Perhaps, next time they will think twice before doing it. Please forward this article to the world, too. Thanks for making ...

The best way to deal with plagiarism, is to expose the culprits to the world. Perhaps, next time they will think twice before doing it. Please forward this article to the world, too. Thanks for making a difference :) Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html

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    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China? Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html SourceDISCOVERYThe last time I looked in a mirror, I certainly didnt look like that! However, the DNA slide looksfamiliar. Oops, it looks like a slide from my DNA of a 21st Century Educator (Version 2)presentation. Awesome! Someone in China has translated my slide, and is sharing it with a group oflocal and international educators attending a conference (or seminar) exploring the future ofeducation at the Luoyang International School (17 Oct, 2012). Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 1
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Here is another picture that reveals a bit more about this event: SourceSo, whats the problem here?THE STORYYesterday evening (9 Jan, 2013), I got an e-mail from my Norwegian (online) buddy Stian Håklev (Co-founder of Peer2Peer University) informing me... Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 2
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Important Links:  Chinese Translation of my presentation  Report about the conference (Luoyang International School)  Company: General Plan (Should the links above be deleted for some reason, please click here to view the presentation and report saved to Dropbox)WOW! Thanks, Stian for sharing this Pretty Hilarious news with a CSI kind of reporting of theevent. Initially, I thought this whole thing was really cool, and I was kind of thrilled that someonewould actually go to such lengths to reuse and translate slides that originated from me (WOW, theslides must be really good!).I have heard and read that translated plagiarism is a BIG BIG BIG PROBLEM in China, but not in mywildest dreams did I anticipate it would happen to me. Certainly, not like this.Lets break down the case.THE CASEI first gave the DNA of a 21st Century Educator talk during the Annual Teaching and LearningSeminar 2012" at USM on the 26 June, 2012. However, the slides that have been reused andtranslated are from the second version, which was published 19 July (2012) on SlidesShare. Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 3
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Since, the Chinese version was presented on the 17 October (2012), we can presume based onexisting evidence that I am more likely the author.Also, based on the time between both these events (19 July - 17 October), Mr. Copytran (Codename for the author(s) of the Chinese version) had more than sufficient time to translate thepresentation slides to Chinese.The English version has 81 slides compared to 28 slides for the Chinese version. Interestingly, 26 (outof 28) or 92.85% of the Chinese version seems to be visually similar compared to the Englishversion. However, we have to give credit to some critical thinking taking place here, as the 26 slideshave been filtered (from 81), shuffled and organized a bit differently compared to the Englishversion.Moreover, unless Mr. Copytran used only Google translate (or outsourced the translation),he/she/it/they must have spent considerable time to translate these 26 slides, which I assumerequires masterful language ability. Though, since my Chinese is practically zero, I would need someexpert to verify this.Also, we have to give credit to Mr. Copytran for showing amazing ability to manipulate, redesignand delete important aspects of the 26 slides that will be revealed one-by-one next. Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 4
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?SLIDE-BY-SLIDEHere we go:Yes, the DNA word has moved from one side to the other (Originality?). Also, the CreativeCommons (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license has simply vanished from all 26 slides. Also, you notice that theIMU logo(s) are no longer there.Interestingly (red arrow), the General Plan logo appears for the first time. As we explore theseslides, you will notice that this logo will appear, disappear and even move during its journey over 26slides. I assume the General Plan logo is suffering from some kind of appearance disorder (perhapsfeeling guilty, or perhaps wanting to be associated with important slides and points). Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 5
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?You notice the logo has repositioned itself on slide 2, as if it is the solution to the question (Say nomore!). Besides the translations, not much more to say. Awesome slide, though!I cant believe that the LIC (Learning Innovation Circle) Facebook poll slide, identifying what (a few)members of this group think are the ingredients of a 21st Century educator was translated. Mr.Copytran please explain; “Why did you include this one?” Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 6
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Kudos! I mean, I just reused a stunning mind map explaining Howard Gardners 5 Minds for theFuture. Mr. Copytran on the other hand, must have spent considerable time translating andmanipulating the image. Also, he didnt delete the links (URLs) to the relevant resources, which isgood. Though, if he did, surely someone would question Mr. Copytran how he managed to visualizethe mind map so nicely.Same old story (as slide 4)! Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 7
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Same old story (as slide 4)!Same old story (as slide 4)! Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 8
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China? Still wondering why Route 21 was deleted from the Chinese version? No clues at the moment!Oops, I mashed up that graphic in 2009 (Evidence) based on Lucifer Chus wise words during hisKeynote at the 2nd International Conference of e-Learning hosted by UiTM (ICEL 2009). So, Mr.Copytran, how did you develop this graphic? You certainly dont have any reference links to supportyour case, if you didnt develop it. Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 9
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Notice that the logo has reappeared and moved strategically beyond my comprehension to a newlocation. No doubt, my original slide looks better, right?Jane Hart, congratulations for getting your slide translated! Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 10
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?WOW! Historic moment! Could this be a break through?Oops, back to basics. Steve Wheeler, congratulations for getting your slide translated! Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 11
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Now, the logo appears again and has amazingly moved again, too. It is as if the logo is playing a hide-and-seek game with us. Correct me if I am wrong!I was really happy with this mash-up of mine, and Yes Mr. Copytran does provide a link to my blogpost, so thanks for the reference. It is nice to reference our own work, but even better when othersreference our own reference. What do you think? Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 12
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Prof. Rozhan, congrats! Now, your 3-dimensial Technogogy diagram has been translated andhopefully it will be explored further in China.Mr. Copytran, not a bad translated copy of the original one. What software do you use to editgraphics? Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 13
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Same old story! This is getting boring!Yes, the logo appears again, and believe it or not, it has repositioned itself again, too. Amazing! Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 14
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Back to basics!Thanks for the translation! Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 15
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Jackie Gerstein, congratulations! Your diagram has been translated!Thanks for including this slide, because this is the one that enlightened Stian Håklev to discover therest. Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 16
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?No comment!This is where I draw the line. Where is your reference to my Recap? Also, why is the logo suddenlyappearing again? At least this time it appears the same place as the last time. Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 17
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Of course there is much more, Mr. Copytran you still have another 55 potential slides (81 - 26 = 55)to translate. LOL!I just cant believe that you cant even create your own Q&A slide! Take a risk and use yourimagination a bit. Come on! Is that too much to ask for? Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 18
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?Is this a case of Plagiarism?MY CASE VERDICTSeriously, Mr. Copytran you must have spent hours translating and manipulating this presentation tomeet your desired goals. We should be celebrating your effort for all your hard work? However, thatmight not be the case, especially if this story goes viral in a negative sense. Maybe, in your mindyou didnt do anything wrong, and just maybe you had every right to do what you did.I am actually not bothered by you reusing the 26 slides from my presentation (That is why I share!),but I am angry and irritated based on the observations shared above that you seem to havedeliberately plagiarized some of my content, ideas and recommendations, without giving any formof recognition for it. Also, when I read the Google translated version of the conference report, myego of any doubt vanished (like the CC license did in your slides).Didnt you realize that the DNA of a 21st Century Educator (version 2) presentation has beenviewed more than 31,000+ times by now? Actually, by day 3 or 4 (after publishing it on SlideShare -19 July) it had already been viewed more than 15,000+ times (was featured as Top Presentations ofthe day), and cited by numerous of bloggers and educators around the world through varies socialmedia tools (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, blog posts, etc). Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 19
    • Was The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?More importantly, didnt you realize that this presentation has been published under a CreativeCommons license (Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike or CC BY-NC-SA) empowering anyonefor free to reuse and remix for non-commercial reasons with attribution. Most of my learningarticles, presentations and artifacts since 2008 have been published with such a license, andhundreds of educators around the world have been reusing or remixing them as they like (withattribution), and that is one major reason why I love to share.However, when a person representing a corporate e-Learning company (General Plan) literally takesmy presentation (or 26 slides from it), and presents it at a conference (translated version) withoutgiving any credit (at least on the slides). And then has the cheekiness to put his company logo, andeven delete the Creative Commons license from all the 26 slides translated, is something that I findreally unacceptable.It might be flattery (to some), but it is also totally against any principles of professionalism (that Iknow of). The best way (in my opinion) to deal with people with such integrity and professionalism isto expose them to the world and remind others that doing such things are not worth the risk.I can go on, but then again perhaps ‘Mr Copytran’ did no wrong.In the 21st century you can easily copy or plagiarize, but you can easily get caught, too. And youcertainly cant hide online for that long! That is for sure! Why potentially waste your career andcredibility just for one presentation?What were you thinking?E-mail : zaid.alsagoff@gmail.comBlog : http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/Twitter: http://twitter.com/zaidlearnIMU : http://imu.edu.my Article URL: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/was-dna-of-21st-century-educator.html 20