Posted by Joe Finkelstein at 8/25/2010 7:00:00 AM
Moral Issues: Plagiarism
Many students will admit to having copied sections of a web page and submitting it as homework. This problem isn’t just confined to school classrooms. Recently there has been a worrying growth in university students to copying from the internet. Many lecturers now have access to software that can recognition copied work. Many students have been caught, some even failing their degrees.
Faced with the near certainty that the cut-and-paste essay will be found out, lazy or dishonest students can now turn to websites that offer to write their essays for them, and, in every case, guarantee that the essays are original.
These websites defend themselves by saying that the essays are only provided as a model answer and should not be submitted by the student as their own work. However, how many people really believe that a student is going to pay hundreds of dollars for a customized essay and then not take the easy option of using it as it stands?
Do you think plagiarizing information has an impact on learning, or is it just another way to work?
How do plagiarism detection tools like turnitin work?
Do you think ‘grades for pay’ are a fair way of working? How could this be stopped?