WES 2012 :: Plagiarism in Higher Education: What can be done?

WES Track: Higher Education Track

Title of Paper: Plagiarism in Higher Education: What can be done?
Author Name: Dr. Kuldeep Nagi
Email: kuldeepn@hotmail.com
Organization: Assumption University
Address:  Huamak, Bangkok, Huamak. 10240, Thailand

Abstract:

Plagiarism is in the news every day. The mere thought of plagiarism makes students in universities very nervous. Many studies done in USA indicate that cheating is pervasive in many university courses. In one instance at the end of the semester 2010, 22 out of the 108 students enrolled in a class had admitted plagiarizing. Some might read that statistic and celebrate the effectiveness of Turnitin, a popular service that takes uploaded student papers and checks them against various databases to pinpoint unoriginal content. “Forget about cheating detection,” one faculty said in an interview. “It is a losing battle.” Collectively, those teaching English language courses in many ASIA and especially in Indian universities are also obsessed with plagiarism. However, there is a fundamental flaw in applying Western plagiarism rules to student studying in Asian universities. One of the major differences between the West and ASIA countries is that people in Asia are largely multilingual. English is not necessarily their mother tongue. It is also not taught in many schools outside the big cities. In many Asian countries English is also not necessarily the medium of instruction in elementary, middle and high schools. After graduating from high schools many students get admissions in public and private universities where English language is introduced as a part of their new academic life. Hence all of this preoccupation with plagiarism does little to help us answer the fundamental question: Knowing very well that English is not the first language of students what can the faculty members in Asian universities do about it? For this paper, term papers (TP) of students admitted into several IT courses in a Masters Degree program in a local Thai university were uploaded into Turnitin for checking. The data indicated that in more than 80% of the cases the students used information available on the Internet. In more than 50% of the cases they did not even bother to cite the sources. This paper also provides some remedies to solve the problems of plagiarism in higher education.

Brief Biodata of Presenter:

I was born and educated in India but matured and flourished in Seattle, WA, USA. I am an American citizen and recipient of Fulbright Fellowship Award-2006 in USA to work at Assumption University, Thailand. While working in Seattle Community College District (SCCD) in USA I also received Dan Evans Award for Excellence in Teaching. I worked as ICT faculty in SCCD for 10 years. I also worked as Microsoft & Cisco Technology Consultant in Seattle WA, USA for more than 10 years. Now I am working for College of Internet Distance Education (CIDE) at Assumption University, Thailand. After joining Assumption University in Thailand in 2006 I have written about 15 papers for IEEE and other international conferences. I was born and educated in India but matured and flourished in Seattle, WA, USA. I am an American citizen and recipient of Fulbright Fellowship Award-2006 in USA to work at Assumption University, Thailand. While working in Seattle Community College District (SCCD) in USA I also received Dan Evans Award for Excellence in Teaching. I worked as ICT faculty in SCCD for 10 years. I also worked as Microsoft & Cisco Technology Consultant in Seattle WA, USA for more than 10 years. Now I am working for College of Internet Distance Education (CIDE) at Assumption University, Thailand. After joining Assumption University in Thailand in 2006 I have written about 15 papers for IEEE and other international conferences. AWARDS: 1. 2006 Fulbright Scholar Award (1-year) from Council of International Exchange of Scholars) CIES, Washington D.C. USA. to work at Assumption University 2. 2006 Dan Evans Award for Excellence in Teaching, SCCD, Seattle, WA, USA

Other Details:

In the last 34 years I have presented and published about 20 papers. In the past I also have participated twice in eIndia conferences held in Delhi. Examples of 3 papers published in 2011 are listed below: xLearning- a new paradigm of on-line learning presented at IEEE sponsored SUSHER conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 3-5, 2011 Quality Assurance (QA) in On-Line Learning Courses-A Case Study Presented at NIDA, Bangkok in the International Conference for Case Studies on Development Administration held on September 8-9, 2011 Interdisciplinary Research in eLearning- Exploring New Knowledge Domains Presented at INRIT-2011 organized by the Interdisciplinary Network of the Royal Institute of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Supported by Thailand Chapter of the Internet Society, Bangkok, May 31-June1, 2011

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