Plagiarism discussion at Columbia College
The average America adult spends 11 hours a day on electronic media, according to a 2014 report by Nielsen, an international media information measurement organization headquartered in New York City.
While students devote their time to reading and writing online, many educators learned to consume and produce information using primarily a print interface, a process that automatically creates separation between the writer’s and the source’s words and ideas.
“I don’t think students realize that where their words come in and where somebody else’s words come in get merged for a reader, unless there’s some kind of signaling,” said Hornbuckle.
Eleven hours a day?
Footnoting as signalling?
At Columbia College:
As a part of the first-year writing program, all students in ENG 101 and 102 courses, along with some upper-level English and writing classes, are required to sign a statement of academic integrity at the start of the semester. It indicates they will be taught certain aspects of integrating sources, techniques to avoid plagiarism within those courses and ways to find information to help them. This is so they know what to expect and what their responsibilities are once taught properly, according to Hornbuckle. -
“I think there’s as much value in being able to skillfully integrate other peoples’ ideas into an overview of something as it is to come up with your own brilliant idea. I think, in fact, you come up with those brilliant ideas because you have integrated the thoughts of others,” Nail said. -