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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s