The top 10 ways college students plagiarize

Data reveals the ten most common forms of plagiarism in higher education


When it comes to plagiarizing, students who use the unethical shortcut seem to be all in: Copying and pasting a research paper word for word is now the most common form of plagiarism.

Those findings, along with the ten most common forms of plagiarism in higher education, were detailed in a national ranking of plagiarism incidents released this month by Turnitin, an online company that makes software designed to detect cheating in homework assignments and research papers.…Read More

New guideline identifies modern types of ‘blurred cheating’

Plagiarism Spectrum identifies the blurred lines of cheating, and how to respond

spectrumresized Access to technology, and a propensity for students to share images and text on social media in their everyday lives is blurring the lines of original thought and plagiarism in higher education.

Turnitin, a company that provides a web-based application to help instructors determine if a student’s work contains plagiarism, surveyed more than 800 secondary and higher education instructors in an effort to create a Plagiarism Spectrum.

The spectrum outlines the frequency and severity of 10 common forms of plagiarism, and is designed to help educators determine how to discipline students caught plagiarizing material in their assignments.…Read More

The business of ed-tech: Plagiarism as education

Teaching academic integrity is one consequence often overlooked in the concept of plagiarism

plagiarismPlagiarism detection technology is good for more than just a “gotch ya” moment for professors. Reinforcing academic integrity can also be a valuable, punishment-free lesson for students.

That’s the idea behind SafeAssign, an online resource that not only scours student papers for instances of plagiarism, but also offers preventative advice on how to avoid the red flags that catch educators’ attention as they review research projects and homework assignments.

SafeAssign is available to colleges and universities that use the Blackboard learning management system (LMS). Blackboard purchased the technology in 2006.…Read More

Coursera looks to curb cheating in free courses

Coursera’s honor code will be used in three classes.

Coursera, the massive online open course (MOOC) site with myriad university partnerships, will require students to sign an honor code statement before they take the free classes.

The honor code was introduced in three Coursera classes – with plans to expand the code to more courses – after media reports detailed rampant plagiarism in the no-charge courses that offer curriculum from Princeton, University of Michigan, Stanford, and Penn, among other schools.

Students already checked a box indicating that they would comply with Coursera’s academic standards. The new policy includes an honor code agreement with every assignment submitted for grading by fellow students.…Read More