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Our innovative academic research platform allows students and researchers to save, organize, and automatically cite online or offline information throughout the duration of the writing process, and store content privately or aggregate it by topic to be shared with the community
Via Nik Peachey
Worldwide, the choice is clear, if not easy: Does it make more sense to accept that the system has become so perverted that success requires cheating?
excerpt: "This year, 54 proctors from around China had been brought in to Zhongxiang with a mission: Prevent cheating. It was a reaction to the discovery last year that 99 students in that testing facility had turned in identical papers. Officials had decided that something needed to be done.
The proctors used metal detectors to find transmitters. Male and female students were frisked, and cell phones found in underwear were confiscated. During the test, patrols around the site uncovered groups trying to radio messages to students taking the test."
We can pick up a style guide like those published by the MLA, APA or Chicago and expect that it will tell us exactly how to format our text, as well as how to formally credit the sources we are referring to.
These formats have become so ubiquitous in academic communication, particularly in the classroom, that they seem like divine Law set in stone, rules that we must follow or face the consequences.
How, then, do we handle digital media projects, where standards are not so clearly set, and where standard style guides do not seem to be clearly adaptable to visual or aural media?
This set-in-stone quality to citation style in print, writing researchers have found, may have some unintended consequences for students.
An ongoing research project led by Rebecca Moore Howard and Sandra Jameson, called the Citation Project, has collected essays from nearly 180 students from 16 institutions, and studied their habits of citation.
What the researchers have found in the first stage of their project is that students are generally disengaged with the sources that they cite, and that more often than not, students are engaged in "quotation mining" in order to superficially meet assignment requirements.
Instead of trying to impose a print standard format for citation on a medium for which it might not be appropriate, it is better to work from these wider principles and practices that underlie citation to develop formats that are:
Appropriate to the media in which students are composingAppropriate to the contexts and audiences of the assignmentsAppropriate to the forms of inquiry in which students are engaging
➤ The Role of Citation in Academic Inquiry
↨ Displaying knowledge of the topic...
↨ Establishing ownership of ideas...
↨ Positioning own ideas in relation to others'...
↨ Establishing a replicable methodology:..
➤ Adapting Citation Forms to New Media...
➤ Considerations for Developing Appropriate Citation Guidelines in New Media Assignments...
↨ Consider the affordances and constraints of the media in which your students are composin
↨ Consider the audience and genre of the assignment.
↨ Create communities of practice within your class.
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Via Mhd.Shadi Khudr
Sometimes, when I get up in front of fellow educators and academics and say I study scholarship and…Twitter, I end up feeling like I’m doing stand-up comedy. Really? Twitter? say people’s eyebrows. I am becoming a great student of arched eyebrows.
Via Hybrid Pedagogy
Caltech Adopts Open Access Policy for Scholarly Writing
Via Rachel Playforth