Archive for July, 2009

Getting an extension by submitting a corupted file – Another reason to use plagarism software?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

 Sometimes you just have sigh and wonder why they just don’t do the work.  Would you really want to employ someone who went to these lengths to get out of a dealine?

“Most of us have had the experience of receiving e-mail with an attachment, trying to open the attachment, and finding a corrupted file that won’t open. That concept is at the root of a new Web site advertising itself (perhaps serious only in part) as the new way for students to get extra time to finish their assignments.”

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/05/corrupted

One obvious way around is to mandate the submission of the file to the organisations plagarism software prior to handing any work in – as well as checking for plagarism, it will only work with a functioning file.  All corrupt files could be then treated as suspect and then checked with software that lets you look inside the corrupted file to see if it is genuine. 

Sigh.

“Students Lose, Fair Use Wins in Suit Targeting Anti-Plagiarism Tool”

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Anti-Plagarism software in Higher Ed is a sticky issue.  Does it mean academics have to change the way they personally manage assignments?  How will we use it – punitive vs instructive?  Is the available software good enough?  How will the students react?  What if the results are challenged?  How much will it cost?  What do we do without to pay for it? 

Copyright has been a concern flagged by students (here and overseas). 

“A (U.S.) federal appeals court last week affirmed a lower court’s decision that the Turnitin service does not violate the copyright of students, even though it stores digital copies of their essays in the database that the company uses to check works for academic dishonesty.”

Somehow I don’t think this decision is the end of the issue.

http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/index.php?id=3722