Education, Teaching

Could Professors’ Dependence on Turnitin Lead to More Plagiarism?

Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The article is timely, given that my university has cancelled  its subscription to Turnitin.  The article presents a different perspective in that it suggests that the software “needs the help of instructors who are willing to investigate suspicious papers; otherwise, greater reliance on Turnitin could lead to more plagiarism.” In other words, the software alone may not be sufficient, and thus creates a false sense of security.  I think this is a very valid point.  I’ve heard some colleagues tell students “we will submit your work to anti-plagiarism software, and you will get caught,” or words to that effect, but I think the cautionary note raised by this article is worth bearing in mind.

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