Pedagogical Strategies and Training to Avoid Plagiarism
Brommer, Stephanie J.
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Plagiarism-detection tools provide valuable information to instructors and students by helping students reap the rewards that can be attained through the insights from comparisons with existing papers and resources. Training on how to read plagiarism-detection reports, as well as how to cite, quote, and paraphrase, is necessary to demystify the process for both faculty and students and to inculcate better writing skills and use of sources among students. Pedagogically, teaching strategies, particularly in the online arena, will enable students to engage with writing skills that will promote their own work while building on others’ knowledge. Draft submissions of student papers to plagiarism-detection tools and faculty development of unique assessments that encourage synthesis and student interpretation are two key areas that help create a culture of learning and enhance student writing skill development.