I’ve been reading some of my fellow EDC3100 students’ blogs. With the due date for assignment 2 looming I’ve noticed that a lot of students are blogging about their assignment, just like Jacqueline Howlett’s post about the rubric she has created for the assignment.
This is a scary concept for me. What stops anyone grabbing that rubric and submitting it as there own? Now, in this assignment I would assume that 99.9% of students are working on unit plans which are for different year levels and different subjects, and different concepts within these subjects. So I guess the opportunity to plagiarise is pretty minimal. However, this has got me thinking about my future as a teacher, and how to ensure my students don’t plagiarise.
I’ve found a great article from the Connections publication on the Education Services Australia website about plagiarism and why students do it.
There are 2 obvious types of plagiarism: Deliberate and Unintentional. Although both are very concerning, unintentional plagiarism is, perhaps, more preventable when students are aware of it and taught about it.
The article lists three strategies for teachers to implement to minimise the opportunity for plagiarism:
- Set tasks which require higher-order thinking skills as opposed to reciting of facts.
- Provide students with set resources.
- Teach resource evaluation skills.
With the use of these steps, I hope I can help my students to be able to display THEIR best work. I would love to hear your opinions on this topic – please feel free to leave a comment below.