It’s been a couple years since I’ve taught a class, but here are my two cents:
With the advent of things like “Google”; and the ability to Cut and Paste ANY article and/or paper on ANY topic imaginable…
- Do you guys even have students “write papers” anymore?
- How do you even grade something that was most likely Cut and Pasted? Can you spot when that is done?
Any teacher that actually spends the time to read his students’ work can spot this. Unfortunately, teachers don’t have unlimited time, so some cheaters will inevitably slip through the cracks.
Every person has a different writing style which tends to stay consistent over time and almost certainly stays consistent over the course of a paper. Any significant deviations usually result in a visit to Google. This isn’t error-proof, of course, but I’ve yet to score a false positive.
- Are papers a “relic” of the past, and you evaluate students knowledge of a subject in different ways?
Don’t forget that the ability to write well is a valuable skill.
Unfortunately, I don’t have experience teaching college students. I imagine it’s very hard to figure out whether a student has plagiarized an entire paper if you don’t have a writing history to look back on.
In college, one way my professors avoided plagiarism was to change paper topics every year and make the topics more obscure. The former prevented copying from previous years. The latter prevented Googling for an answer.
The student could, of course, go to the library and look for books and papers that address this obscure topic. There will inevitably be some paper on it, but hell, that’s research ^_^.[/quote]
The internet, to me, sucks in regard to researching. I love Gale’s research lit criticism series.