The following research literature has been published about the educational uses of this type of technology.
Bolkan, J. V. "Avoid the Plague: Tips and Tricks for Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism." Learning & Leading with Technology 33, no. 6 (March 2006): 10–13.
Bolkan makes a case for using a wide range of tools to prevent plagiarism. Among those advocated in the article are setting a tone for upholding academic honesty, creating specific assignments for students, and requiring that students show intermediary steps toward a completed work.
This article summarizes the June 2005 results of a study that examined cheating and plagiarism in 60 colleges and involved about 50,000 students. The researchers found that more than 70 percent of students admit to some cheating. The study also looked at the impact of honor codes on cheating and found that students on campuses that have honor codes are less likely to cheat.
Hunt, Russell. "Four Reasons to be Happy about Internet Plagiarism." Teaching Perspectives. St. Thomas University (December 2002). http://www.stthomasu.ca/~hunt/4reasons.htm.
Hunt argues that there are benefits to the current trends of increasing plagiarism. He invites instructors to view plagiarism in the electronic age as an opportunity to rethink educational practices we currently take for granted, including the research paper and traditional grading practices. Hunt argues that instructors now have the opportunity to reconsider "just how the intellectual enterprise of scholarship and research really works" and that instructors should respond to plagiarism by making a commitment to promoting significant learning.
Mahon, Robert. "Try the Guillotine." The Clearing House 79 (2006): 271–3.
In this provocative article Mahon advocates a zero-tolerance attitude about plagiarism and the adoption of a French system of justice that assumes "guilty until proven innocent." While many instructors may not be able to adopt this approach due to constraints of university policies, this article does offer much to ponder. The article could lead to further thinking about the relationship between teaching styles and approaches to dealing with plagiarism and offers some strategies for preventing plagiarism as well as dealing with cases should they arise.
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