Plagiarism is not simply coping words or ideas. It is more complicated than that. The word plagiarism is used in many different senses and has many shades and layers of meaning. It means different things depending on how you look at it.
You have heard of the Millennial Generation, or perhaps you are more familiar with the many other labels attached to this generation of children born between 1981 and 1999. Sometimes referred to as Digital Natives, Generation Y, Generation Me, the Baby Boom Echo Generation, Nexters, they are all the youngsters who are making up the bulk of our classrooms, and our colleges.
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The world as we know it is changing every day, and it is all because of emerging technologies and innovations. It can be hard to keep up with all the changes. Lifelong learning is what is actually required for success in today’s information age.
Today’s typical classroom presents teachers with an assortment of diverse abilities, differing rates of learning, a racial mix, a multi-age mix and other differences. Group work can be very effective in using the varied skills and abilities of the participants, but can also pose its own dilemmas. There has been plenty of noted success in cross-age tutoring, using grouping to break down socio-economic differences and to allow for styles of learning that can be enhanced through peer interactions.
Plagiarism is not a subject people want to talk about because of its negative connotations – after all, it is stealing. But with technology and information so readily available, plagiarism is something that is real and is a part of our lives. Although the topic has not made it into the presidential debates it has slipped on the silver screen. If only the publishing houses in these five movies had used a plagiarism checker then maybe a few of the characters could have avoided trouble.
As good and effective educators, we always want to improve. Improvement is something we instill in our students and it would be hypocritical to not expect the same from ourselves. Students are the center of our classroom and they are where we can find the most relevant information about how to be better at our jobs. If we are not delivering effectively to the “customer” how can we ever expect them to leave our courses satisfied, and hopefully, better.