In this what is plagiarism:
plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.
Is copying the same as plagiarizing? It seems that people could be a good “copier”, but not necessarily a plagiarizer, as the argument goes here. “Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned after revelations that a large portion of his doctoral dissertation had been plagiarised.”
There are lots of controversies about copying others’ work, and in academia, a big concern relates to plagiarism.
How to prevent or minimize such plagiarism in higher education and research? In this review of “A Handbook for Deterring Plagiarism in Higher Education”, Jude comments:
“The main hope seems to lie in re-designing courses and assessments so that plagiarism is rendered more difficult. There is also the task of how to get the message across to the students.”
In MOOCs, we may be able to develop effective strategies in combating plagiarism by encouraging and supporting participants to debate and discuss about the importance of proper citing of information sources, and to re-write or develop their artifacts in their own words, ideas as far as practicable. This could be reinforced with a connectivist learning approach, where participants would develop posts, artifacts based on aggregation, curation, re-mixing, re-purposing (or even re-creating) and feed-forwarding such artifacts to the open public, with proper citing the sources of information.
Using such an approach not only would encourage and support participants to develop creativity and to aggregate and curate innovative ideas in their artifacts development, but also ensuring that such “copying and remixing” of ideas are worked out in an ethical and professional manner. Indeed, we all learn by sharing and copying of each others’ ideas, and re-forming or mixing our own ideas and concepts that would lead to new and emergent concepts in our learning journey. These are important aspects in digital literacy and are crucial to digital scholarship.
Plagiarism in research could be a concern especially when there are difficulties in tracing the source of original ideas and authors who posted those ideas. How to avoid plagiarism in networked research may be a good research topic in MOOC. What do you think?
Here are some further resources on plagiarism:
What are some of your strategies in dealing with plagiarism?