Tips for detecting and beating plagiarism

Appears to be disappointingly common in HE: Detecting ghost-written essays is a tricky task for academics. Written by other academics or postgraduates to student specifications, these scripts are not the easly identifiable copy-and-paste efforts that anti-plagiarism software is so adept at catching. But they often still leave behind clues to their illicit origin, according to Ann Rogerson, lecturer in organisational behaviour at the University of Wollongong, in Australia. Ms Rogerson – who spoke at the…

Catching out the Plagiarists?

Interesting ... although a real focus on 'trying to catch people out' I feel... how do we look for more positive ways of dealing with this (e.g. assignments that require reflection on the process, etc.): As efforts to detect student plagiarism get more sophisticated, a university is considering bolstering the weapons in its armoury against a growing form of misconduct, “contract” cheating. The term refers to students handing in bespoke essays purchased through essay-writing sites.…

Creating appropriate assessment environments

Working on projects related to re-designing assessments (with a particular focus on using technology), and with colleagues with a particular interest in plagiarism (see p.39), an interesting story this week in Times Higher Education: It is, of course, a serious academic offence to pass off somebody else's work as your own. Universities are in the business of accrediting students as having acquired certain knowledge and skills, and it is a fraud on potential employers if students…

Plagiarism

Means to combat plagiarism? Technology? Learning? What is likely to be more successful: David Matthews reports on debate about whether claiming students' IP rights could halt plagiarism A senior figure at Oxford Brookes University has suggested taking control of undergraduates' intellectual property rights to stop them selling their essays on the internet. John Francis, director of research and business development, said that the market in essays was "quite difficult to control" and that the university…

Plagiarism Software

My colleague, Nicole McNab, has looked at plagiarism quite extensively over the past couple of years, so this has gained my interest ... especially as Nicole tends towards the idea that TurnItIn, etc. should not be used for detection, but for training students to understand! Students who are aware that their work will be checked by plagiarism-detection software are just as likely to cheat as those who are not, a study suggests. Turnitin software, which…