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School coursework being scanned for plagiarism

School coursework being scanned for plagiarism

LONDON (Reuters) - A new computer program, sensitive enough to detect even small fragments of copied work, is scanning school coursework this Summer, to see whether candidates have been lifting essays wholesale from the Internet.

Exam board Edexcel is using the Turnitin program on coursework submitted for GCSEs and A-levels.

Students accused of plagiarism will receive no grade for the module or possibly for the whole exam.

"We are determined to ensure that those who cheat are caught," said John Black, Edexcel's Head of Compliance and Quality Management.

"Additionally, this software will also benefit head teachers by providing detailed information and evidence, which they can use when discussing plagiarism with colleagues and candidates."

The Turnitin program scans billions of pages from the Internet, checking for match-ups between submitted coursework and previously published work.

Concerns about plagiarism resurfaced earlier this month after a study revealed the phenomenon of "contract cheating" in which students use legitimate out-sourcing Web sites to employ others to write essays for them.

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teachers at my college used a similar program.

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Edexcel is a fucking joke, worst exam board ever. Always setting inconsistant questions, questions with WRONG ANSWERS, getting their own staff to mark papers when they can't find other people. I DO ALL MY A LEVELS WITH THEM

Oh and re:coursework, it's not going to help since the main issue is getting too much help from teachers and friends/parents, of which I know people who have managed to get full marks by doing. And on top of that, only 10% of coursework is scanned! The rest doesn't touch the mailbox.
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I hate plagiarism though - and in universities its just feels ten times worse - i remember marking things last year from about 4 different people who had obviously copied and none had used a spellchecker cos they all spelt the same words wrong in the same ways - ahrggggg

And the more annoying thing it that sometimes the universities dont even want to bother about reprimanding people from doing it- its all about the fees nowadays - double ahrggg

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Oh and re:coursework, it's not going to help since the main issue is getting too much help from teachers and friends/parents, of which I know people who have managed to get full marks by doing.
That's true. I remember in my A Level English Language class a friend getting her first draft back with loads of corrections on it and a note saying if she submitted the piece it would only be worth a D... so she added in all the corrections and got an A She was pig shit thick and didn't deserve the grade and I think overall she only got a D anyway, after the exams.
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Noooo.

I did coursework this year, and copying is what everyone does I remember in Science, in my group, about 8 of us were all helping each other and copying answers with different style words

Everyone cheats, there not going to stop that. Teachers are just as bad, we write an answer and they change it to make it better or even give you the answer

I was even copying answers in the exams
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As the exam board Edexcel admits to another mistake on an exam paper, BBC News Online looks at its history.

1996: Edexcel is formed by the merger of two exam boards.

22 March 2001: 10,000 sixth-formers are given the wrong results for an information technology exam (key skills test).

14 June 2001: Candidates sit a maths A-level paper which has been leaked, as shown on BBC News the night before.

August 2001: Bolton education authority complains 280 children have to wait for GCSE exam results.

4 October 2001: Chief executive of Edexcel, Dr Christina Townsend, resigns, saying it has been a "demanding year".

18 December 2001: It emerges that a question from a mock exam was in a paper taken during the summer.

18 January 2002: An AS-level maths paper with a mistake in it is taken by 2,500 pupils. Other errors emerge.

22 January 2002: General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, David Hart, calls for Edexcel to be sacked.

The Association of Colleges complains of "widespread cocnern" among its members.

The Education Secretary, Estelle Morris, demands action.

1 February 2002: The exams watchdog, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), gives Edexcel a month to put its house in order.

The quango says Edexcel is "failing to meet its responsibilities to schools and colleges" and "too many of Edexcel's centres received poor service in 2001".

1 March 2002: QCA says it is happy with Edexcel's plans for reform.

20 April 2002: To tackle recruitment problems, the board plans to let trainee teachers act as examiners.

29 April 2002: Edexcel says candidates answered January's problematic maths question better than any other.

15 May 2002: QCA chairman, Sir William Stubbs, tells MPs all the big English exam boards - Edexcel, AQA and OCR - are struggling to find enough examiners.

Edexcel says missing or muddled pages in a Key Skills advanced level paper are an "operative error" at a printing company.

28 May 2002: Edexcel says an error in a government and politics AS-level paper was also due to printers failing to correct something.
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This has been going on for at least two years in the states. Besides, all you really have to do is google two lines from the essay in question and voila, busted.

I know that most professors at my university use a program similar to that. That's why a lot of them like you to email your papers.

Here if you're caught, you get an automatic F for the assignment. If it happens again, you fail the course and it's reported to the department. After that, I believe it's automatic expulsion from the entire university system in the state.

I've learned you can basically change four words, give credit and you're ok. It's so simple to credit. People are just lazy.

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I have a feeling this measure will turn out bad. The world's getting bigger and more interconnected - who's to say it's impossible that one person's point wouldn't be so similar to another person's that it might look plagiarised when it wasn't?

The people responsible for reviewing work are seasoned professionals who know the course and its materials thoroughly. If they can't pick up lines that have been pinched, then they're either not doing their job properly, or that particular line wasn't plagiarised in the first place.

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I hate plagiarism though - and in universities its just feels ten times worse - i remember marking things last year from about 4 different people who had obviously copied and none had used a spellchecker cos they all spelt the same words wrong in the same ways - ahrggggg

And the more annoying thing it that sometimes the universities dont even want to bother about reprimanding people from doing it- its all about the fees nowadays - double ahrggg
I don't know which university you go to, but the one I'm at takes plagiarism very, very seriously. Every course would have a specific web-page, documents and course guides that have at least 5 pages dedicated to what constitutes plagiarism, why it's inappropriate and how the university deals with it.

In fact, plagiarism is so serious that one guy who was caught rehashing an old essay he did before was handed back his work with copies of pages from the internet and photocopies from book excerpts that he had plagiarised from. Even the specific sentences were highlighted to drive the point home very clear: the university doesn't take plagiarism lightly.
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This has been going on for at least two years in the states. Besides, all you really have to do is google two lines from the essay in question and voila, busted.

I know that most professors at my university use a program similar to that. That's why a lot of them like you to email your papers.

Here if you're caught, you get an automatic F for the assignment. If it happens again, you fail the course and it's reported to the department. After that, I believe it's automatic expulsion from the entire university system in the state.

I've learned you can basically change four words, give credit and you're ok. It's so simple to credit. People are just lazy.
Gosh they are lazy and citing your sources is sooo easy... I mean paranthetical references are as easy as they come. The reason people can't and won't do it is because they don't even do the research....ie, read the articles, the passages in the book so they just go online and find someone who wrote a paper on that topic already. The other problem is there are professors who are even too lazy to check...they know the paper is plagerized but it would require more work of them to prove it and if it's proved to take action against it.
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Gosh they are lazy and citing your sources is sooo easy... I mean paranthetical references are as easy as they come. The reason people can't and won't do it is because they don't even do the research....ie, read the articles, the passages in the book so they just go online and find someone who wrote a paper on that topic already. The other problem is there are professors who are even too lazy to check...they know the paper is plagerized but it would require more work of them to prove it and if it's proved to take action against it.
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I hate plagiarism though - and in universities its just feels ten times worse - i remember marking things last year from about 4 different people who had obviously copied and none had used a spellchecker cos they all spelt the same words wrong in the same ways - ahrggggg

And the more annoying thing it that sometimes the universities dont even want to bother about reprimanding people from doing it- its all about the fees nowadays - double ahrggg
Seriously? Where I went, plagerism could get you expelled and not invited back. At the very least it was a guarenteed 0% on that assignment.
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I've learned you can basically change four words, give credit and you're ok. It's so simple to credit. People are just lazy.
I quickly learned that my psych papers were merely activities that required copying, pasting, organizing, and referencing. It's so bloody simple to do this that I can't understand the mindset of peopl who try to take the easy way out and cheat. The benefit simply doesn't outweight the potential cost. :shrug;
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Am I the only one who is sick and tired of hearing about plagiarism? Research *is* plagiarism.




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