Preventing and designing out plagiarism : making the most of VLEs and CAA tools

Baños-Piñero, Rocío (2010) Preventing and designing out plagiarism : making the most of VLEs and CAA tools. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 6 (2). pp. 164-170. ISSN 1740-5106


Plagiarism is an issue that has recently become a heated topic of discussion, attracting the attention of scholars, institutions and the media. Although plagiarism has always existed, the development of new technologies, especially the increased use of the Internet for academic purposes, have lately been blamed for the growth of opportunities for plagiarism (Baty, 2000). The role of new technologies is such that new terms like "cyber plagiarism" or "digital plagiarism" (Park, 2003: 481) and "cyber cheating" or "e-cheating" (Jones et al., 2008) have been coined to refer to the use of new technologies for dishonest purposes. However, this paper aims to take a very different approach by considering technology not as a temptation or an enemy in the fight against plagiarism, but rather as a powerful ally. The emphasis is on appropriate strategies that could be implemented using Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Computer Aided Assessment (CAA) tools to prevent and design out plagiarism in a specific context: the MA Applied Translation at London Metropolitan University.

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