Benefits Students look at resources found by others Students “copy” good practices of others Students identify plagiarism of others Students REPORT on plagiarism of others Students enjoy “shopping” their peers Students do NOT enjoy comments of peers Students do NOT like being caught!!!
Why do students plagiarise? Limits of time to do work Pressures of work / jobs Copy from Web NOT from each other Is it the assessors fault? –Set work that can be easily plagiarised –Easier to mark
Do they learn by copying? Having read the information from the web, they understand it, so they reproduce it “Why bother re-wording it when it is written so well already” “Why waste my time re-wording it, when I could be learning instead” Assessment - ability to hide plagiarism
Weaker Students Benefit Weak at start of module Prior knowledge should not be assessed Weaker students use peer support The end justifies the means Single assessment at the end Will the students produce quality work throughout the module if no credit gained
Summary Peer support / assessment / detection Let them learn through plagiarising Assessment process must be re-structured How do we assess? –Examinations –Essays (Writing skills NOT Understanding) Continuous multiple-assessment of understanding until they get it right