At our roundtable discussion today we had a variety of TechForum attendees discuss both symptions and solutions for digital dishonesty. We discussed the relationship of digital dishonesty to copyright, because there is a lot of overlap in these areas.

Symptoms:
– plagiarism
– copying and pasting
– students instant messaging
– understanding copyright issues is important and needed
– can use turnitin.com as an editor and teaching tool at Tarleton
– what about teachers and students that are remixing photos
– teachers have always felt like they are outside the law
– School Library Jounal recent article about librarian recording copyrighted books and podcasting them?
– fair use questions and issues
– cell phone spectrum jammers in use at some colleges? legal in the US?

Solutions:
– the key is the solution
– with expository writing, can you get creative?
– encouraging creative writing, students writing obituaries, original
– Tarleton did a pilot for 90 days with turnitin.com
– Google to check for plagiarism
– organizational policy and culture is important: needs to be part of the discussion
– start teaching academic citation right away (the minute they start doing any research on the computer)
– copyright.com will arrange for K-12 students to get permission from copyright owners
– use creativecommons.org to find works that people have permitted derivative uses
– Google for tutorials on what a “paraphrase” is and how to paraphrase
ePals.com has instant messaging features for subscribers
– Have students blog: Will Richardson’s site about blogs in the classroom
– Address with clear policies and consistent consequences problems with cell phones

The article “When Digital Bullying Goes Too Far” includes info about the “Moshzilla” case discussed during this session.

A podcast recording of this roundtable discussion is also available!

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