Tag: integrity

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“Post First” Discussion Board Feature

A long-awaited feature in the Discussion Board tool, instructors now have the ability to force each student to publish their own thread to a forum before they can see their peers’ threads or reply to them. This prevents the paraphrasing problem that often exists in forums, where students expend more energy trying to figure out how to rewrite what others have written… Read more →

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Exposé on Academic Dishonesty

When technologists talk about Academic Dishonesty, we tend to think about tools used to combat cheating. An entire industry exists on the premise that technology (software) can fix this age-old problem. In fact, this company states that their software comes with “integrity built in.” We don’t agree, and neither does the research. Academic dishonesty has existed for a longer period of time than… Read more →

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Plagiarism. Now What?

SafeAssign, the plagiarism detection tool built into Blackboard, does a decent job identifying potential plagiarism in student work. But, software cannot and will not replace the knowledge, judgment, and practical experience of an instructor. When the system suggests potential misconduct by one of your students, what are you to do? What should the student do? Is this a learning experiencing, and… Read more →