2008 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., May 6, 2008
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Plagiarism-Avoidance Tool for Writers

Werner Kaminsky, Sandy Moy, Efthimis Efthimiadis, and Linda Martin-Morris - Faculty Council on Educational Technology

The current University of Washington policy on plagiarism is a no-tolerance policy with strict guidelines for reporting and punishing plagiarism. The administration of that policy is somewhat more didactic with opportunities for students who violate plagiarism rules to learn about what plagiarism is and how to avoid plagiarism, but this takes place only after a student is caught submitting a plagiaristic assignment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all students could learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it themselves as an integral part of their writing assignments? Such opportunities exist with several commercially available software options.  Plagiarism detection software is often used by instructors to help them catch assignment violations. But students in classes can also self-test their document using such plagiarism detection software and rectify problems before submission. The Faculty Counsel on Educational Technology has been working on a recommendation that assignments require students to test their own assignments and fix problems prior to submission. We have also been steering toward the implementation of such software and are piloting a test of several of the available software options this spring quarter. Our SoTL station will afford interested participants an opportunity to preview some software and test a document in order to experience what students might experience if required to perform this screen.



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