Plagiarism has not reached “water cooler hot topic” status, but it is a subject that is not going away in 2015. In fact it has been linked to a U.S. presidential candidate, an award winning South Korean author, a news director, and even a TV show contestant.
While I was working on my MFA, I taught English 101 and 102 to college students (plus a few upper-level creative writing courses and senior capstone projects). Though I decided to take a different path in my career once I earned my degree, I’ll always be grateful for the time I spent in those classrooms. I had only just graduated from college myself and was sometimes younger than some of my students, and it didn’t help that I wasn’t really “over” being an undergraduate student yet.
Currently it seems that “plagiarism” has become the new trend among many of the famous filmmakers, artists or writers. The moment their scenarios, films and books grow in popularity, the fans are confused by the fact that something they truly believed to have been created by their “favorite” was just another duplication. At the same time, there are many who would like to take advantage of someone else’s achievements.
Pop quiz: What is one of the biggest problems that e-learning courses face? It might shock you to hear that it’s plagiarism. According to a May 5, 2015 article on iSpring, “A recent study of academic journal articles revealed that more than 68% of articles researchers surveyed qualified as plagiarized.” Though plagiarism is quickly spreading, those hardest hit are often the e-learning sites, like Coursera. So why the sudden boom in copied work?
Plagiarism is one of the top disputed topics in academic communities. There are multiple examples of plagiarism in universities. You’re already used to the idea that students are routine rule violators, and it is no wonder that they are accused of cheating. But what about the opposite situation?