Cheaters and plagiarists have always existed no matter where exactly they study. Universities usually conduct annual surveys aimed at discovering how many students plagiarized at least once, how often and in what manner they did it, what sources they used to take information from, and other details. These surveys help university administration understand how complex a plagiarism issue is and take appropriate measures. Unfortunately, not all universities care about this problem. Some of them still pay little attention to the problem and just neglect checking plagiarism online. As a result, education quality doesn’t get improved.
What is special about March 9, 2016? This is the deadline for the $2,000 Student Scholarship from Unicheck. Now it’s high time to thank all our contest participants for the effort and time devoted to come up with creative, clever, and well-grounded essays related to academic plagiarism. Thank you!
Since September 1, 2015, the date our Scholarship started, we received more than 500 writings submitted by students from all over the world. That’s why to select only three winners from a pool of so many remarkable applicants was a real struggle for us.
Critically considering the ways in which I, a slightly cynical and sometimes corner-cutting post-secondary student, use technology at school, I don’t think the limitations of online education outweigh the advantages. To understand my perspective, you have to examine the reasons an overworked and under-rested student commits academic dishonesty in the first place. I contend that students with today’s research, communication and word-processing tools are no more likely to cheat than their dial-up-and-paper-maps predecessors.
Student stress, especially for high schoolers and undergraduates, is at an all-time high. In fact, some are saying that high schoolers today experience as much stress as 1950s insane asylum patients. In recent years, academia has become increasingly difficult and competitive, simultaneously pressuring students to do more work and go further in their studies than ever before, with college-level education becoming more valued for getting a good job. This pressure to get through so much schoolwork makes it very tempting for students to plagiarize their work, if for no other reason than to give themselves a break.
I recently came across a joke I found quite amusing. It goes like this: “How did the hipster burn his tongue? …He drank his coffee before it was cool.” While this joke might be a little cheesy, it is also largely relevant. I wanted to share this joke, because I feel like it’s a good example of how our society is moving more towards originality. In today’s world, whether people want to admit it or not, hipsters are idolized. If you are unaware of what a hipster is, they are notorious for claiming to know about things before they are “cool”. They are, as some would say, “ahead of the crowd” and therefore, more original. I think that this is what people are desiring these days: to be unique. More often than not, I hear people being made fun of not for being weird or different, but for being “too mainstream”.
Boring. Lazy. Stupid. The first three words that come to mind when I hear the word “plagiarism”. How unoriginal does a person have to be to copy what someone else said? Not only is it wrong, but they can’t even take 2 minutes to reword it to make it not so obvious? To steal someone else’s work and then say it’s his or her own only proves that that person doesn’t have a creative bone in their body, and that they have no ethics or values.
In the modern era, technology is a part of our daily lives. The average American has a smartphone in their pocket that can answer any question or get directions to the nearest coffee shop by the push of a button. But have we taken it too far? Online classes and degree programs are beginning to take the place of classrooms and professors. Instead of choosing to learn in a classroom with a professor, students are opting to take online classes because they are convenient. Online classes have been beneficial to some students because they are the only option that some people have.
“Copy” and “Paste”: They are the two of the easiest commands on your computer. When I was in the fifth grade, I recall having to do a science project for the first time. Performing the experiment was fun; however, my least favorite part of the assignment was writing the paper, giving details on my data obtained and background information I had researched. Being young, my first instinct was to copy and paste whatever I found on Wikipedia, removing the footnote formats and formatting it to look as though I typed it myself.