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Plagiarism presentatino

I’ve uploaded my presentation to Red River College on Plagiarism: .ppt files and an accompanying MS Word


  1. dave cormier wrote:

    I was listening to a national radio show the other day, and my partner said “hey, i’ve heard that joke before.” Sure enough, we found the article online. Same story progression, most of the lines taken directly from the article…

    I’ve also noticed that they occasionally take their ‘weird and wacky’ news stories from, which they also don’t credit.

    At the risk of oversimplifying… 20 years ago, when things were plagiarized (with the exception of the kind of plagiarism that comes from other students) adults were the most likely to be able to find the reference. These things were stolen from books, articles… Now things are being taken from the internet… from websites like fark, where those kids are actually more prevalent than adults.

    sorta changes the power dynamic. And, knowing that adults like the members of this radio show are taking these things, how do we convince these students that that isn’t how ‘the real world works’.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 4:29 am | Permalink
  2. Hi Dave – during the presentation yesterday, the feeling I sensed from the participants was one of frustration and hopelesness (as you note, plagiarism runs the gamut – radio talk shows, papers, magazines, etc.). Almost as if plagiarism and academic dishonesty are so entrenched that we can’t even tackle the problem…

    I’ve tried, through this blog, to credit original sources (though sometimes, I encounter a resource, post on it, and then realized that I lost the source). In the development of my own thinking – I have relied on a broad network of “voices” that have shaped and guided my worldview (some online, some offline). In the end, I am the composition of those conversations and experiences, coupled with my own filtering and critical thinking. It’s tough to avoid “plagiarism” at that level (which author opened my eyes to networks? to distributed learning? emotions/brain-based learning, etc.). In the end, I need to acknowledge the sources at the moment I encounter them…but to give value and acknowledgement to the impact that those resoruces have on me is almost impossible.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 2:12 pm | Permalink