Plagiarism Demystified

Create an engaging research process in your classroom, and learn strategies for decreasing visual, print and Web 2.0 plagiarism.

NoodleTools Co-Founder Debbie Abilock is at the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong this week, speaking about the research behind plagiarism, student learning, and motivation.

Part 1:
Decoders, fluent readers and finally expressive readers and writers – these stages apply to visual literacy as well as to reading print.  In an image-drenched world, we consider the “rhetorical situation,” examine some signs and symbols, and see how point of view results from the interaction of the reader, the audience and the medium.  We consider some emerging issues, such as visual plagiarism, and practice some reading and teaching strategies, such as determine authority and bias using photographs.

More on Teaching Visual Literacy (PDF)

Part 2:
As teachers in a Web 2.0 environment, we face the dilemma of teaching plagiarism in a contributory culture where the norms of rip, remix, create and share are at odds with copyright,  intellectual property and academic ethics.  Are you playing cat-and-mouse with student plagiarists?  Do they resist taking notes (“I can remember this stuff word-for-word”), then print out everything – but still forget to attribute quotes or ideas?  If students describe research as “smushing stuff” with a bibliography, why wouldn’t they take short cuts?  They’ll tell you that Wikipedia is common knowledge and, besides, you just don’t attribute “mashups” anymore.  We take a look at what the research says has the greatest impact on student learning, drives motivation, and builds reading comprehension.  Then we examine some student work, and identify curricular designs and teaching strategies that will ring true to your students.

More on plagiarism: No More Cat and Mouse: What Research, Practice and Common Sense Can Tell Us about Teaching Students to Do Honest Academic Work (PDF)

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