The Plagiarism ASK System was originally developed for the Procedural Analysis assignment in Module 7 of a class taken online. It contains questions that help users "conduct processes" (Jonassen, 2011).
This libguide was created for the Plagiarism ASK System assignment, but it will be maintained past this assignment to ask Ottawa University faculty and adjunct users the questions that really matter about plagiarism. In asking these questions, answers may be suggested but they are by no means always going to be the right answers. The answers to questions in the plagiarism ask system should be used as a starting point, from which faculty, adjuncts and students can start to problem-solve and think about how plagiarism can best be combated. They can also attempt to find their own solutions to difficult, systemic problems associated with or resulting from plagiarism that might have long-term repercussions for the student on their academic and professional journey.
The student outcomes described below are the outcomes for the Plagiarism Course created in Blackboard for students to take, but these outcomes may also serve as outcomes for the faculty who would like to gain a better understanding of the plagiarism topic and determine how to help their students in the process.
Students will learn
Students will reflect on their learning process and their experiences with plagiarism
A primary and a subsidiary question is being asked as this Plagiarism Ask System Prototype is created:
WHAT ARE THE DIRECT CAUSES OF PLAGIARISM?
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT STUDENT PLAGIARISM?
The faculty and adjuncts will
Jonassen (2011) suggests that TWO best types of questions to ask in order to create an Ask Plagiarism System would be:
1. Causal Reasoning Questions (determining the cause of the phenomenon) and
2. Problem-Solving Questions (that may then be asked after determining the cause of the phenomenon that might lead to solving problems in relation to the phenomenon).
Since this is a Plagiarism Ask System that will be added to faculty/adjunct resources about plagiarism, and since this Libguide has been built for faculty/adjunct use, it was decided to focus on Causal Reasoning Questions for this specific Ask System to answer the first of two questions that was asked---then also include problem-solving questions alongside those to answer the second question. The two sets of questions complement each other.
Jonassen, D. H. (2011, February). Ask systems: interrogative access to multiple ways of thinking. Educational Technology Research and Development, 59(1), p. 159-175.
Causal Reasoning Questions
It is possible then to combine similar or related Causal Reasoning and Problem-Solving questions in order to obtain answers.
The audiences this Ask System has been constructed for are: Faculty and Adjuncts. The reason for this audience choice, is because a Plagiarism Course has been developed and is currently available in Blackboard. Faculty still needs to decide how the plagiarism course will be used. Until then, it will be a good idea for faculty and adjuncts to explore the Plagiarism Ask System, and consider other questions that they have that may not be answered by the system directly, but that may be of import to them.
If faculty and staff understand the causes of plagiarism, then they might better understand how the Plagiarism Course has been developed and help to make any needed changes to it that may be necessary, before it is released to students. Policy decisions should also be made regarding the course and how it will be used with students and these are also addressed. The Plagiarism Ask System might help faculty thinking as well in this regard.
The Causal Reasoning and Problem-Solving Questions can be organized into 5 topical areas related to plagiarism. As a result, 5 pages will be created associated with each topical area:
1. CAUSES OF PLAGIARISM
2. CONSEQUENCES OF PLAGIARIZING
3 PLAGIARISM POLICY
4. HOW TO USE THE PLAGIARISM TUTORIAL?
5. PLAGIARISM PREVENTION
and are appended above.