Sunday, October 09, 2011

Plagiarism in the digital era

This infographic, "Cheating in school: How the digital age affects cheating and plagiarism" by Loreal Lynch in (September 16, 2011) provides a visual snapshot of the extent of the problem.

"Many students can’t even distinguish between what constitutes plagiarism and what doesn’t. According to recent research, 71% do NOT believe copying from the Web is “serious cheating.”
Loreal Lynch (September 16, 2011)

Cheating in the digital age
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Plagiarism and cheating appear to be an endemic problem in the digital era, facilitated by the ease of copying from the vast resources of the web, general ignorance, lack of understanding of ethical use or a laissez-faire attitude by users.

Digital Citizenship should be an integral part of learning in the digital age and this includes ethical use of resources. Creative Commons licensed resources - finding, using, correct attribution, re-mixing, creating, publishing and contributing to the shared pool - help in reducing the blurring factor as mentioned by Loreal.

The infographic is a good starting point for discussion in the classroom or meeting room.

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