Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Plagiarism Part 2- How To Teach Your Students About Plagiarism


In my last post in my plagiarism series I wrote about classroom policies regarding plagiarism. (If you missed it you can read it here.) In this post I'd like to discuss how we ensure our students know what is and is not plagiarism.

Frankly, I think it should be obvious that you can't copy and paste something and call it your own. But apparently, it is not. So, how should teachers and professors address this in their classes?

4 Things you can do to increase student understanding of plagiarism:

1. At times the word plagiarism is too foreign to students. It doesn't hold weight to them. However, the word cheating does. When I first discuss plagiarism with students I explain it is cheating. It is the same as copying off another student's test in math class.

2. Give a presentation early in the semester that discusses not only what plagiarism is but also shows students how to appropriately use sources and goes through the consequences of plagiarism. I always review pieces of this later but going over it once at the beginning helps. Click the image for a quick and easy presentation I made that you can purchase on TPT.

3. Use outside websites and sources to help drive the point home. Plagiarism.org has a lot of great resources. Check out their lessons and ideas right here. 

4.  High school teachers may want to consider pulling up the code of conduct for the colleges most of their students attend to help demonstrate the seriousness of the offense. College teachers- make sure you go through the policy with your students as well as include it in your syllabus.

Thanks for reading!

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