Students who kick off their college career at a two-year institution are just as likely to earn bachelor’s degrees as those who begin their studies at four-year schools, according to a recent study published in The Review of Higher Education.
In 2011, Edutopia published an article discussing how to combat plagiarism. Four years later, we are still looking for ways to fix this problem. In this article, we’ll look at how to identify plagiarism and how to prevent it.
Plagiarism is one of the plagues that have tormented teachers since the first school was opened. The motivation or cause behind it can be many: procrastination, lack of research skills, or even an attempt to sound smarter. But the consequence is always the same, copying some else’s words and signing them as if they were yours. And it can be from a book, a paper, or from another student.
Simple economic incentives encourage students to cheat, so the practice is unlikely to abate anytime soon without a major system overhaul, Carol Poster writes for Inside Higher Ed.
Students have many options available to them when it comes to cheating that save time and are cost-effective. For example, Poster says, suppose a student must choose between spending 20 hours to write a term paper or working. He can earn $180 for 20 hours of work at his job and buy a term paper online for $80, meaning he has $100 left over that he wouldn't have earned if he had written the paper himself.
Plagiarism detection software from vendors such as Turnitin is often criticized for labeling clumsy student writing as plagiarism. Now a set of new tests suggests the software lets too many students get away with it.
Key Takeaways Technology can help fight cheating that is itself based on technology, especially with tweaking of assignments and assessments in a way that makes it difficult to cheat. Students should be made aware of resources such as university writing centers and tools such as Endnote. Training about copyright, plagiarism, and time management can help students succeed without feeling that they have to cut corners. Relevant codes and policies should be clearly stated in communications such as orientation materials, student handbooks, and course syllabi to establish expectations and reduce confrontations between instructors and students.
According to a new study, there is no significant difference between levels of plagiarism between traditional brick-and-mortar institutions and online institutions. However, that doesn’t mean plagiarism isn’t rampant in higher education.
Combining a flair for numbers with a grasp of the bigger picture, venture capitalist and educational entrepreneur Ryan Craig spells out the threats facing higher education in America, ...and outlines what institutions can do to position themselves for “the Great Unbundling,” in which students pay for education rather than for faculty research, fancy buildings, and college athletics.
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