Teaching Online With Errol: A Mini-Guide to Preventing Online Plagiarism

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Last month’s column focused on detecting online plagiarism, but wouldn’t it be much better if there were none to detect? What follows is a variety of approaches to keep plagiarism—both that copied from another source and that created specifically for an assignment—in check. Of course, no matter how many safeguards the online instructor uses to prevent plagiarism, it is always possible that some non-original work could slip through. Yet using one, some, or all of what I present in this column will help in the reduction of plagiarism, and when that happens we can smile just a bit more in the success of our classes.

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