critical authorship and academic integrity in digital age

Questions

  1. Answer these five (5) questions:
    1. To what extent are your ideas your own? How does your thinking reflect what you have read and heard? How do you tell the difference between your own thinking and the things you’ve read or heard?
    2. Is originality possible? If you have an “new” idea, but someone already had it before (but, you didn’t know about it), what do you do in this case?
    3. If you repeat someone else’s words or ideas as your own unintentionally, to what extent does your intention matter? 
    4. To what extent is imitation an important way of learning the basics in a field? At what point does imitation turn into misuse or plagiarism of someone’s ideas?
    5. How has computer technology changed the nature of intellectual property?
  2. What is the central message or thesis of the essays by Tenner, Moore Howard and Gabriel?  What evidence, list at least three examples, do (the authors) use to prove her/his thesis? Is her/his argument effective or does he prove his thesis?
  3. What is “plagiosphere”? To what does Tenner compare it in order to explain its impact and importance?  Do you think this is an effective comparison?
  4. What distinctions among “types” of plagiarism does Moore Howard discuss?  What is her purpose for distinguishing among the types? What is the impact of these distinctions on her argument and your understanding of plagiarism?
  5. According to Gabriel, how do college students conceive of authorship in the “digital age”?  Does this conception of it resonate to you? 
  6. Based on having viewed the videos, read the chapter in the textbook and articles, provide a robust and evidence-based definition of plagiarism.  Use quotes or paraphrase from at least three of the resources discussed above to support your definition.
  7. Provide a contemporary (in the last five to ten years) example of plagiarism in the public space — make sure that you provide a link to an article about it, too.  Discuss the way your example connects with the ideas you have explored in the readings for this discussion board.
 

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