To use or not to use!

Quantity and not quality is the reason professors in India do not use the anti-plagiarism software installed on their computers (Prabhakar, S., Times of India, 2017). It’s a matter of producing as much and as fast as you can.  Why should these professors use this software when they have plagiarised parts of their own thesis,  according to MSU professor of sociology S Samuel Asirraj? Using anti-plagiarism software could get them detected…

As a professor, is your computer equipped with an anti-plagiarism software? Are you using it to check every paper submitted to you, or only when you have doubts that your student has committed plagiarism? Are you using it before publishing your own work???

 

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Dropping the standards…

Written in collaboration with Caroline Fiset-Vincent

In an article published in the Telegraph (Feb. 2017), Camilla Turner explains that a survey conducted in the UK revealed that a third of professors and lecturers think international students « do not have adequate language skills to study at university ». In fact, requirements are lowered which means that academic institutions now admits more and more students who are almost illiterate.

Sixty percent of professors and lecturers also expressed their concerns about plagiarism and cheating saying that they have « caught students cheating at least once, and twenty-eight percent saying that they “regularly suspect” undergraduates of cheating.

Is it really surprising that students who are having difficulties writing and reading resort to plagiarism? Are we doing them a disfavor by admitting them in our universities in the first place when they don’t have what it needs to succeed? And why are we surprised then to have to lower our expectations???

Take the opportunity to make your teaching better

An article published in the New York Times quite a few years ago (2003) is promoting the idea that teachers can be proactive to try to stop cheating. Mark Edmundson says that  » professors need to stop looking exclusively for technological solutions to a problem that often stems, in consequential ways, from the way we do our jobs. Perhaps the current boom in electronic cheating can give professors — especially in the humanities, as the sciences are often bound to traditional test-giving and test-taking — a chance to pause and think and ultimately to teach in a better way« .

Edmundson explains how « condescending analysis is the order of the day » rather than « personal transformation » of our students. I totally agree with him. We need to make our teaching relevant to our students, to make them see and understand how what we are teaching can impact their lives, their careers. If students feel engaged with the course material, they will want to write their papers themselves and put forward their own ideas.

Fourteen years later, Edmundson’s ideas are still relevant.

 

Les images libres de droits

C’est toujours compliqué en éducation, que ce soit au primaire, au secondaire, au cégep ou à l’université, de savoir ce que nous pouvons utiliser comme images dans nos présentations, dans les documents que nous remettons aux étudiants. Sonia Morin a fait une capsule sur comment trouver des images libres de droits qui vous permettra d’être certain de ne pas enfreindre les droits d’auteurs. Un petit 3-4 minutes qui vous donnera la paix d’esprit. Ça vaut le coût de regarder cela, n’est-ce pas?

 

« Oui au copier/coller/citer dans l’apprentissage de la rédaction universitaire »

Le 2 juin, Sonia Morin, du Service de soutien à la formation de l’Université de Sherbrooke, a présenté une communication dans le cadre du regroupement sur les stratégies de créacollage numérique. Sa communication examinait le copier/coller/citer lors de la rédaction de travaux universitaires. La notion d’originalité, la reformulation, le patchwriting, le résumé, entre autres, ont été le sujet de la communication. Passionnée, Sonia nous a livré une excellente présentation. Si vous avez le goût de l’écouter ainsi que la période de questions qui a suivi, vous pouvez le faire en cliquant sur le lien suivant: http://adobe.uqac.ca/p2v5fmrnfxl/  .

Bonne écoute!

 

Un endroit pour acheter votre travail de session

J’ai besoin d’un travail pour mon cours de politique, je n’ai pas le temps de l’écrire, qu’est-ce que je fais? Je l’achète tout simplement. C’est un phénomène de plus en plus présent dans le milieu universitaire. Or, il y a un mouvement dans plusieurs universités qui débute qui souhaite faire en sorte que les services de rédaction (essai mills) soient considérés comme illégaux. Ainsi, ce ne serait pas seulement le plagiaire qui serait puni mais également celui qui a rédigé le travail. Ce serait le même phénomène que le vendeur et l’acheteur de drogue (pour le moment) qui peuvent être poursuivis en justice. Il est grandement temps que le gouvernement prenne position et produise une loi sur la vente de travaux en ligne…

Ainsi, les sites web comme celui-ci ne pourraient plus offrir le type de services suivants: « Laissez-nous reformuler vos idées en un texte fluide et concis. Que ce soit pour un travail de session, un site web, une publicité ou un article de journal, nous avons la plume qu’il vous faut! Aucun plagiat. Originalité garantie! » (Français 123 Service de traduction, de correction, de rédaction, de révision, de transcription, de tutorat, etc.).  L’étudiant achètera un travail qui ne contient aucun plagiat mais plagiera lorsqu’il remettra le travail à son professeur!

 

 

Compromising learning with plagiarism

Would you want a heart surgeon who plagiarized to operate on you? Or have a teacher for your child who cheated while in teacher training? An article in the University World News by Brendan O’Malley (January 2016) exposed the growing number of plagiarism cases in the UK. One executive interviewed was quoted as saying that cheating  « devalues the efforts of students who work hard to achieve their degrees. It also damages the student who commits the fraud as they will not benefit from the research and learning experience« . The finger for the rise in plagiarism is pointed at essay mills and foreign students in the article as the principal culprits. All of the people interviewed explain that cheating is dealt with very seriously in their institutions but nobody mentions what is done to prevent it…