The Plagiarism Spectrum and New and Emerging Trends

The Plagiarism Spectrum that we developed back in 2012 has always been one of our most popular resources. However, we felt it was due a refresh and our new updated resource, the Plagiarism Spectrum 2.0 highlights 12 type of unoriginal work, both traditional forms of misconduct and new and emerging threats to academic integrity that the educators we work with have flagged as an issue.

Does this resonate with your experiences at your university? What are some of the most common forms of misconduct that you encounter on a day-to-day basis?

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  • I really like this infographic, and it has been helpful to share with new to teaching academics.  Overall, the biggest issue is to work out what the student knows, to what level have they demonstrated knowledge? Very few students will continue their studies into academic or research fields.  The commodification of education has also lead to the classroom being a  'credentialling' experience for some. So the question we should always ask ourselves as the grading academic is - what knowledge if any is demonstrated.  If we want to deal with collusion, perhaps having more group work (I hear everyone groan about what it takes to manage) and more collaborative tasks will also help to bring this 'work based practice' into our classrooms.

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