Let's Build a Culture of Integrity Instead!
Beating the Cheating: 10 Ways to Avoid Plagiarized Assignments
Teaching students whose ability to navigate the cyberworld often far surpasses their own creates interesting dilemmas for educators, particularly when assigning traditional research-based questions.
Students submit slick and impressive products collected from internet searching. Busy teachers, challenged by time to meet curricular demands and keep abreast of changing technological skills, are hard pressed to assess these products fully for plagiarism. Students often simply cut-and-paste or engage in patchwriting (changing a few words); occasionally, one might download an essay from one of many paper mill sites. It's little wonder that schools give serious consideration to subscribing to plagiarism detection services such as Turnitin.com.
Before you consider buying a subscription to and using of a forensic approach like Turnitin, you can:
Build A Culture of Integrity in 10 Easy Steps
1. Review or develop your school's honesty policy. Consider also using accountability
2. Learn more about why and how students plagiarize.
3. Check out the kinds of papers and topics that are available on "free essay" sites.
4. Work with your teacher-librarian.
5. Assess how to design cheat-proof assignments.
6. Select the resources and identify skills students will need to select their own
7. Build the framework for new knowledge using learning strategies.
8. Teach and evaluate smaller research skills tasks frequently at all grade levels.
9. Value and assess all stages of the project.
10. Model integrity in your classroom and throughout the school.