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1 the Library Imperial College London Librarians against plagiarism: How Imperial College London is using blended learning techniques to combat the cut and paste generation Julia Garthwaite and Ruth Harrison, Liaison Librarians

2 the Library Imperial College London Plagiarism in HE Who should be responsible for anti-plagiarism teaching? Imperial College London Library’s approach to tackling plagiarism Using blended learning in teaching Issues for discussion

3 the Library Imperial College London Plagiarism in context Plagiarism is a significant problem in the education sector Increasing number of cases in the UK Causes include -  Online resources / Internet  Lack of referencing skills  Lack of time  Do not understand the assignment  Cultural attitudes

4 the Library Imperial College London Plagiarism in context: pre-course survey (Olivia) 2005/06 Can you define plagiarism? There were 86 recorded answers to this question. Common answers were identified and the number of times these answers were given by the students was recorded. Two couldn’t provide a definition and four answered ‘yes’ but didn’t provide a definition. The four most common types of answer were that plagiarism is: using/copying work without acknowledgement/ credit/permission 42 copying and passing off/presenting someone else’s work as own 23 claiming someone else’s work as own original ideas 10 copying someone else’s work 4

5 the Library Imperial College London Plagiarism in context: pre-course survey (Olivia) 2006/07 Can you define plagiarism? There were 77 recorded answers to this question. Common answers were identified and the number of times these answers were given by the students was recorded. Four couldn’t provide a definition. The four most common types of answer were that plagiarism is: copying & passing off/presenting someone else’s work as your own 30 using work without acknowledge/credit/ permission 26 copying work10 claiming someone else’s work is your original idea 5

6 the Library Imperial College London Plagiarism in context: pre-course survey (Olivia) 2005/06  using information from internet without webmaster permission  using the work from others  against copyright  use resource without understanding it  faked  submit other’s work as your own 2006/07  theft of work  submitting work that is not your own  A number of students in both years said plagiarism is cheating, one stating that it is ‘shameful’ and another that it is a ‘bad thing’

7 the Library Imperial College London Definition – for students Plagiarism is when you copy someone else’s work or use their ideas in your essay, coursework, thesis etc, and then do not acknowledge that you have done this This is used in Olivia and lectures to students

8 the Library Imperial College London An educational process It is important that students understand the issues surrounding plagiarism  What it is  Why it is wrong  How to avoid it Information literacy skills are key in developing this: from searching resources to retrieving and evaluating information to understanding the ethical issues

9 the Library Imperial College London What is an information literate student? An independent learner who has the confidence and ability to retrieve, evaluate, exploit and manage information with an understanding of the legal, economic and social issues that surround the use of information

10 the Library Imperial College London It is with this definition in mind that Olivia (Online Virtual Information Assistant) was developed:

11 the Library Imperial College London Teaching the skills? As librarians teach IL skills to students, is it also their responsibility to cover plagiarism and referencing? At ICL we think it is and have introduced the following teaching tools:  units on referencing and plagiarism in Olivia  Anti-plagiarism DVD  referencing handbook The Library is leading on anti-plagiarism teaching within the College and is on the College Working Party on plagiarism

12 the Library Imperial College London Blended teaching Structure of anti-plagiarism teaching session  Pre-2006/07: traditional lesson followed by online quiz using Olivia  2006/07: introduction of Active Learning Presentation Group Discussion PRS quiz DVD Results of quiz sent by after session Supported by Olivia unit, including self-tests

13 the Library Imperial College London Why not the usual presentation and handouts? Interactivity enhances the learning process  Ensures motivation and participation  Keeps students interested and focussed  Increases retention  It’s fun – and there is chocolate!!

14 the Library Imperial College London Life on campus: hosted by David Battenburg Imperial / Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Can be viewed as complete unit, or divided into chapters to highlight discussion points Accompanied by teaching notes

15 the Library Imperial College London Learning in action! Part 1 – Introduction, presentation and discussion Part 2 – Using the PRS and viewing the DVD

16 the Library Imperial College London Initial results from the ‘clicker’ exercise 2 departments: Civil Engineering (85 students), and Earth Science and Engineering (33 students) Roughly similar spread of correct/wrong answers in both groups

17 the Library Imperial College London Which of the following statements is correct? a)information that is freely available online can be used in an assignment without acknowledgement b)information that is freely available online can be used in an assignment as long as there’s a © symbol on the website c)information that is freely available online can be used in an assignment as long as it’s acknowledged d)information that is freely available online can be used in an assignment as long as there isn’t a notice on the website to say it cannot be copied

18 the Library Imperial College London Civil Engineering

19 the Library Imperial College London Earth Science and Engineering

20 the Library Imperial College London When should you use a quotation? a)when you want to support a point b)when you are summarising ideas c)when you have paraphrased another person’s work

21 the Library Imperial College London Civil Engineering

22 the Library Imperial College London Earth Science and Engineering

23 the Library Imperial College London Whose bag? The College is keen for the Library to take responsibility for anti-plagiarism teaching and referencing skills Do we have the right formula? The Library’s next move...

24 the Library Imperial College London

25 the Library Imperial College London Final thoughts and discussion points By the time a student reaches HE institutions the “cut and paste” habit can be deeply ingrained Is what is currently offered too little too late at university? Whose responsibility is it to ensure that the issues surrounding plagiarism are understood?

26 the Library Imperial College London Julia Garthwaite, Liaison Librarian Biosciences Ruth Harrison, Liaison Librarian Civil Engineering and Earth Science & Engineering Imperial College London Library


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