Ideas and Strategies for Curbing Plagiarism in E238
Plagiarism and academic fraud is a growing problem in college classes. In a course like E238 where papers on most assigned texts are easily available online, it's important to create assignments and use classroom strategies that curb the temptation to plagiarize. A few common approaches include:
- Conference with students early on in the drafting process and watch as the paper progresses
- Require specific inclusions (for example, connections between two specific assigned articles, references to a specific class discussion, etc.)
- Require oral presentation of a paper. Afterward, ask follow-up questions that will be able to gage the student’s mastery of ideas.
- Require revision that asks for expansion/development of key ideas
- Consider substituting or pairing traditional writing assignments with a related project (Powerpoint presentation, pamphlet, blog, etc.)
- Spend class time discussing plagiarism with students. Be sure they know what plagiarism means, what types of work can be called “plagiarized,” and why/how to avoid plagiarism.
- Make it clear to your students that you’re aware that online plagiarism resources exist. If a student feels that you are aware of the different sites and papers that are already out there, it might seem more difficult to “get away” with using academically dishonest resources.
- Consider strategies for using online papers as a springboard for a student’s own analysis. (These papers could be cited and used in a summary/response assignment, for example.)
A few specific tips and approaches:
There are also quite a few excellent online resources that discuss the growing problem of plagiarism and academic fraud. A few interesting sites include: