The issue of plagiarism is recurrent in Wikipedia, and in the educational
realm as well; unfortunately, even at university level.
In our experience for instance, we detected a case of plagiarism by a
participant of the workshops we provide locally in the project "Wikipedia
in Education" <http://eduwiki.me>. He created an article by copying and
pasting literally from another source. The issue took some relevance among
the internal core of members of the project, as it is directed to teachers
and students at the Consejo de Formación en Educación (Council of Learning
in Education), an institution tasked with educating teachers of primary and
intermediate education here in Uruguay. Certainly, the article was removed
immediately and the person responsible for plagiarizing it was removed from
the project. One of the points, in fact, that are recurrently put emphasis
on during workshops is the issue of copy-paste, particularly without citing
sources, and always as long as the quote is justified as such by its
extension and relevance.
Wikipedia is useful precisely as a tool to make plagiarism public. That is,
from my perspective, one of the relevant benefits of incoorporating
Wikipedia to educational projects, since it allows for an externalization
of classroom work. The articles are open to a community from which students
can receive all kinds of opinions, criticism, and questioning. Certainly it
is the teacher’s role to know how to channel in the best manner possible
these interactions and peer-reviews, according to the social context and
age of said students.
2013/11/21 Wjhonson <wjhonson(a)aol.com>
Copy with attribution
Copy without attribution
From: Vojtěch Dostál <vojtech.dostal(a)centrum.cz>
To: Wikimedia Education <education(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Thu, Nov 21, 2013 8:26 am
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Education] Results of plagiarism study
I never came up with a magical solution of plagiarism and I would like
to hear it, if there is one. The percentages suggested by Sage Ross's study
are realistic; these are numbers we cope with on Czech Wikipedia too. It
seems to me that some students can hear the "Don't plagiarise" warning
three times and still do it; among others, this is also a matter of
generally educating people what authorship and plagiarism means. All sorts
of 'strange' questions are asked by students during the Wikipedia sessions
such as "I know we can't copy from a book, but what about from the
Internet", "Can I copy from the Internet if there is no author?" etc...
have to answer all of these carefully.
My friend Petr Broz (user:Chmee2) used to have one way of making students
remember that they should not plagiarize: He explained them everything and
than he showed them how easy it is to discover a plagiarism by showing a
google search by test and a google search by searching for similar images.
This seemed to leave a long-lasting effect on students :-).
Od: LiAnna Davis <ldavis(a)wikimedia.org>
Komu: Wikimedia Education <education(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Datum: 21.11.2013 00:04
Předmět: [Wikimedia Education] Results of plagiarism study
Hi all! I know plagiarism is something a lot of us face around the world,
so I thought you all might be interested in a blog post Sage Ross put
together about a plagiarism study we did on the English Wikipedia,
comparing student contributions to other editor cohorts:
I'm curious to see if this seems to hold true with your programs as well
-- and does anyone have a great solution they've implemented that's cut
down on student plagiarism?
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