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  1. 1. Plagiarism @ AT St Mary’s
  2. 2. Do we have a problem <ul><li>Have you discovered plagiarism? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you suspected plagiarism? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Do we have a problem? <ul><li>Do you teach note-taking? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you teach bibliographies and citations? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you set anti-plagiarism questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you teach safe-searching? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you teach academic ethics? </li></ul>
  4. 4. I don’t !
  5. 5. What is the problem? <ul><li>Students don’t know what plagiarism is. </li></ul><ul><li>Students don’t recognise intellectual property in a digital world. </li></ul><ul><li>Resources are immediately available. </li></ul><ul><li>Students share with each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Our tasks often beg for plagiarism. </li></ul><ul><li>Students don’t manage time well. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is the problem? <ul><li>Students believe the ‘right’ answer has already been written. </li></ul><ul><li>Students believe the resources they have found are so much better than their own ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Students believe their peers may find or write better stuff. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is the problem? <ul><li>Academic integrity and ethics in assessment are values and skills that must be taught. </li></ul><ul><li>These values and skills must be taught consistently across the College. </li></ul><ul><li>We must model these values and skills. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>I hope my doctor didn’t plagiarise! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our response <ul><li>Teach students what plagiarism is: </li></ul><ul><li>PLAGIARISM: Using the words, ideas or creations of a person without giving credit. Passing off someone else’s words, ideas or creations as if they were your own. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Our response <ul><li>Take a stand! If you hear these, make our position clear: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ everyone does it” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ there was no copyright notice” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I changed some of the words” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The website had no author name” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If it is on the net it is free ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ no one gets caught” </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Our response <ul><li>Show examples of plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Let students in on the ways we use to discover plagiarism: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phrase check on Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mismatched citations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inconsistent bibliography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly vocabulary </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Our response <ul><li>Warn students about the penalties for cheating: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible penalty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible zero </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents will be notified </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Our response <ul><li>What to do if you suspect plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Do not approach the student </li></ul><ul><li>Collect evidence and make photocopies </li></ul><ul><li>Speak with your coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Do not return the work, the marks or grades to any student </li></ul><ul><li>Await the outcome of the investigation </li></ul>
  14. 14. Be copy smart <ul><li>Bloom’s Taxonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Creating </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating </li></ul><ul><li>Analysing </li></ul><ul><li>Applying </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Remembering / Describing </li></ul>
  15. 15. Be copy smart <ul><li>Useful Verbs: </li></ul>create invent compose predict plan construct design imagine propose devise formulate judge select decide justify debate argue recommend assess discuss rate prioritise
  16. 16. Be copy smart <ul><li>Assessment Design: </li></ul><ul><li>Check an annotated bibliography in the week before submission. </li></ul><ul><li>Help students plan their time and their workload. </li></ul><ul><li>Assess less and teach more. </li></ul>
  17. 17. resources <ul><li>Online Bibliography Tool </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works that the creators are happy to share under a broad range of conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Images are not free of copyright </li></ul>
  18. 18. IMAGES <ul><li>Check the conditions on each image </li></ul><ul><li> – Stock Exchange </li></ul><ul><li> – Photobucket </li></ul><ul><li> – Flickr </li></ul><ul><li> – Art sharing </li></ul><ul><li>DO NOT USE GOOGLE IMAGES </li></ul>
  19. 19. I would have finished this presentation with a funny cartoon, but the artist wanted $95 and I didn’t want to steal his intellectual property! All images in this presentation were downloaded from Stock Exchange ( ) and are royalty free and licensed under Creative Commons.
  20. 20. <ul><li>This presentation is available on Slideshare at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>