Using video vignettes to enhance discussion of RCR. Jeffrey A. Engler Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Graduate School University of Alabama at Birmingham Drs. Harold Kincaid and Sara Vollmer Dr. Julia Austin, Jennifer Greer, Kellie Carter.
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Jeffrey A. Engler
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Drs. Harold Kincaid and Sara Vollmer
Dr. Julia Austin, Jennifer Greer, Kellie Carter
“Principles of Scientific Integrity” GRD 717
Decision tree adapted by Dr. Sara Vollmer from the earlier work of Dr. Betsy Holmes and Chad Sain
Questions to discern student perceptions:
Is plagiarism against the law?
Do you worry about “accidentally” committing plagiarism?
Can your professors easily detect plagiarism?
Do you believe that you need more training in order to avoid committing plagiarism?
What should you do if you discover that someone else has plagiarized?
Consider “Amanda’s Dilemma”
Students are given five brief written scenarios
They are asked to decide which of these do, or do not, represent plagiarism
Correct responses are then provided for discussion
Students recognize potential deficiencies in their understanding of plagiarism
Our scenarios were developed by staff at Empire State College of the State University of New York and have been used with permission.
You find an article that is perfect for your research paper. You know you should not copy entire sentences word-for-for word. Instead, you rearrange the sentences and replace the descriptive words with your own. You also add a complete footnote citing the page and the source. Is this an act of plagiarism?
Answer: YES. Even if you footnoted the source correctly, your paraphrased text is unacceptable. To paraphrase correctly, you must restate the original passage in your own words and in your own style. Reordering sentences or replacing adjectives is not enough.
Number of Respondents (286)
Gave me a definition of Plagiarism that was clear
Explained how to avoid Plagiarism
Discussed Plagiarism at the start of a major assignment
Plagiarism is academic dishonesty
Discussed Plagiarism throughout the course
1 to 5 scale, with 1 being “not confident” and 5 being “very confident
Number of respondents: 286 (213 graduate students and 73 undergraduate engineering students