What if everything you learned about fighting plagiarism was doomed to failure? Computer software, threats on the syllabus, pledges of zero tolerance, honor codes -- what if all the popular strategies don't much matter? And what if all of that anger you feel -- as you catch students clearly submitting work they didn't write -- is clouding your judgment and making it more difficult to promote academic integrity?
Texas Tech writing experts compare services designed to catch cheaters -- and find problems with the results. Attendees at composition meeting also discuss Turnitin's payments to some presenting papers about Turnitin.