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An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean

An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

When The Chronicle published a confessional essay two years ago by a writer for a student-paper mill who had spent nearly a decade helping college students cheat on their assignments, it provoked anger, astonishment, and weary resignation.

The writer, under the pseudonym Ed Dante, said he had completed scores of papers for students who were too lazy or simply unprepared for their work at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels.

The academic ghostwriter has retired, and in his new memoir, he reveals his true identity: Dave Tomar, 32, a graduate of the bachelor's program in communications at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus and, now, a freelance writer in Philadelphia.

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Dave Tomar claims to have spent 25000 hours writing academic papers for hire.  


This is an interesting story.  The follow up comments are worth reading too. 

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Addressing Academic Dishonesty in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Addressing Academic Dishonesty in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.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.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This Educause review is on point.  Solid common sense advice.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, June 20, 2015 11:57 AM

For my teaching friends or anyone considering doing writing at a post academic level. What a great resource for information on cutting down the rate of plagiarism. Much of what I see is not intentional but that makes little difference to a protective author, or the legal system.

Glad to see at Kansas City Kansas Community College we are already instituting most of these policies and practices.

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The Keyword Blog: Plagiarism Dropbox: Inexpensive licenses for school districts.

The Keyword Blog: Plagiarism Dropbox: Inexpensive licenses for school districts. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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One of the most difficult things to teach is paraphrasing without plagiarising. 21CIF.COM's new Plagiarism Dropbox gives you a way to provide self-paced on-demand training that will help you students recognize plagiarism as they learn how to paraphrase. 

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Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, December 23, 2013 9:29 AM

I did the first few - excellent

Karen E Smith's curator insight, December 25, 2013 11:16 AM

Educators will need to scrutinize the use of these tools, too.

 

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From Texting to Plagiarism, How to Stop High-Tech Cheating -- THE Journal

From Texting to Plagiarism, How to Stop High-Tech Cheating -- THE Journal | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
With the proliferation of mobile devices and instant access to the internet, cheating has become easier than ever. What can educators do to stop it?
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Phillip Heath's comment, August 24, 2013 8:16 AM
ethical conduct in a virtual work one of the important attributes of 21st century
mixmaxmin's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:46 PM

Probably the better question to ask is why do people cheat?

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The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio

The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Fighting plagiarism is serious business. From brainchild-snatching to wholly quotables, plagiarists have plenty of wily ways to pass others' work off as their own -- and all of them are threats to original thinking. Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio imagines what would happen if a Department of Plagiarism Investigation were on the case.

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Clare Treloar's curator insight, June 14, 2013 6:17 PM

A good video and thought provoking questions are the basis of a great lesson for students.

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Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide

Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Strong Article and Infographic about citing sources

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onlinecourselady / plagiarism

onlinecourselady / plagiarism | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Wiki edited by Laura Gibbs.


In my experience, people usually don't consciously decide to plagiarize, but they may end up plagiarizing "by accident" because they run out of time, or they get confused about the assignment, or maybe they copy-and-paste, intending to go back and edit later but forgetting to do so. Every time that I have seen plagiarism in an assignment, the person swore that the plagiarism happened "by accident." That does not change the fact of the matter: plagiarism, even when it happens by accident, is still plagiarism, and the consequences are serious. It's like when you are caught speeding or running a red light: it doesn't matter if you did not know you were speeding or if you did not notice the red light - you are still going to get a ticket.

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Dan Ariely » Blog Plagiarism and Essay Mills «

Dan Ariely » Blog Plagiarism and Essay Mills « | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Sometimes as I decide what kind of papers to assign to my students, I can’t help but think about their potential to use essay mills.

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The Shadow Scholar

The Shadow Scholar | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This article first appeared in 2010 in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author uses 'Ed Dante' as a pseudonym.


The request came in by e-mail around 2 in the afternoon. It was from a previous customer, and she had urgent business. I quote her message here verbatim (if I had to put up with it, so should you): "You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?"

I've gotten pretty good at interpreting this kind of correspondence. The client had attached a document from her professor with details about the paper. She needed the first section in a week. Seventy-five pages.

I told her no problem.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

One of the extraordinary things about teaching and learning online is the reality that there is a record or everything you do. Your skill and ability is there on the page and retrievable from the database. 


It's hard to fake expertise in a performance based environment. It's much harder to fake your way through a semester's worth of discussions than it is to buy a paper. (Almost anything is possible in both face to face and virtual education.)

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Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education: Special Report

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Face to Face or online, academic integrity remains an issue in education. This report takes a deep look at online issues.

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I Teach English to Great Kids...A Blog: Plagiarism and the Google Tools to Reduce It

I Teach English to Great Kids...A Blog: Plagiarism and the Google Tools to Reduce It | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Jennifer Roberts:
I find plagiarism to be rare among my students. By rare I mean it occurs less than once or twice per major assignment. Some times it is intentional and some times unintentional. Sometimes it is almost the whole paper and other times just a few sentences borrowed and not cited.  Sometimes it is a sign of laziness and other times it is a call for help from a student who really did not know how else to tackle the essay. It is always a teachable moment and I almost never see a second offense from the same student. 
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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:07 AM

Important entry into the conversation regarding plagiarism among our students. What's your response?

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Manners Matter Online (Infographic)

Manners Matter Online  (Infographic) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Find out more about the do's and don'ts on online manners. For more information about internet issues visit Knowthenet today.

Via Beth Dichter
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Online manners, sometimes called netiquette.. all part of digital citizenship can be taught.  It's not rocket science, it's manners!

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 24, 2013 5:46 PM

Manners do matter.

Cindy Powell's curator insight, April 10, 2014 2:09 PM

From Infographic...and Informational Text TCC 4-5

This is a graphic example for the article, but the site is a cybersafety site in the UK and has lots of information for parents about online safety for their children. It also tests their knowledge.

Rachael Johnston's curator insight, October 20, 2014 10:53 PM

It is important to build your own brand and to promote yourself positively. You want to be polite to other users and make sure you have nothing on your profile that could be damaging to your reputation. This includes swear words, inappropriate or rude comments, and pictures and videos of drinking or drugs.  This is really important for graduating students who, most likely, need to go through and delete pictures that have been tagged in one Facebook

Make sure you give credit to others if you share something of theirs. Also make sure you are writing your own posts and not just sharing others. However, make sure you are posting valuable and relevant information. Listen and think before you write and make sure you are using proper english. 

It is okay to have debates on social netowrks with other users, everybody has the right ti voice their opinion, but don't let things get too personal or nasty. 

It is also essential to understand that there are also hings to be very careful of when using social networks. For one, people are not always who they seem. You should also make sure you do not assume a false identity. It is important to keep some kind of professionalism, but don't change yourself or hide who you really are. 

You must also make sure you are abiding by the rules of the network and report others who dont. 

Last but certainly not least, be very careful about who you share things with. There are certain places to share certain things. For example, you may post something bout your personal life in your Facebook status, but it is not appropriate to do so on your LinkedIn profile. Do not share pictures and videos with strangers, you never know how they will use these. 

 

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Annotated Resources: Copyright, Plagiarism

Annotated Resources: Copyright, Plagiarism | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Annotated resources and our original training games devoted to helping you to teach copright and plagiarism. 


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21cif: Plagiarism DropBox: Online Tutorials

21cif:  Plagiarism DropBox:  Online Tutorials | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

New from the 21st Century Information Fluency Project:


For a limited time, try the new Plagiarism Dropbox self-paced tutorials for free!


This is a flash based training experience: 


http://searchwhys.com/plagiarism-dropbox.swf


This game is designed to give you online interactive training in identifying and eliminating plagiarism.  


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Coursera Fantasy: Yes, Plagiarism: How Sad is That?

Coursera Fantasy: Yes, Plagiarism: How Sad is That? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Laura Gibbs: Plagiarism means that students are not learning. If Coursera is committed to providing a good learning experience for students in the course, then it needs to intervene with a student who is plagiarizing, making sure the student understands what it means to do original work and why that is crucial to the learning experience. This, for me, is actually the most important reason that something has to be done about this - and far better, of course, if something is done proactively, rather than after a student has plagiarized. Now that Coursera knows plagiarism is a potential problem in a course with these types of writing assignments, some kind of plagiarism education needs to take place before the writing assignments begin. In our class, that plagiarism education needs to happen ASAP.


Dennis O'Connor:  For anyone interested in teaching students how to recognize plagiarism, and create proper citations consider the 21cif Plagiarism Detection Kits: http://www.diigo.com/list/wiredinstructor/plagiarism_games

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The Keyword Blog: Detecting Plagiarism: A MentorMob E-Learning Unit

The Keyword Blog: Detecting Plagiarism: A MentorMob E-Learning Unit | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

I learned about MentorMob when I spoke with Joyce Valenza at ISTE 2012. When Joyce speaks, I listen. This experimental lesson is my first use of MentorMob. Give it a try!


~ Dennis

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