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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


How to Avoid Plagiarism

by Bowman Cvetkovic
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Apr 04, 2010 by Library and Information Services
Overview: This learning object is a tutorial intended to educate students on how to avoid plagiarism. The tutorial is composed of introductory text sections and three video portions. The videos are terrific containing animation that is educational, while remaining humorous.
Learning Goals: This learning object is a tutorial intended to educate students on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Target Student Population: undergraduate students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: none
Type of Material: tutorial
Recommended Uses: This could be used as homework or viewed in class and discussed within the context of an assignment.
Technical Requirements: flash

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: This tutorial provides students with a brief introduction to plagiarism and it's consequences.
Concerns: It would be nice if the game portion of the tutorial was more interactive and contained more questions, especially difficult questions that may cover some of the thornier issues related to plagiarism. Like many tutorials on plagiarism, this one assumes that students will immediately understand the issue as moral one. I believe the tutorial might be more effective if some time was spent explaining why plagiarism is wrong.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: It would be relatively easy for an instructor do construct assignments where students would identify plagiarized portions of a paper.
Concerns: none

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: It would be relatively easy for an instructor do construct assignments where students would identify plagiarized portions of a paper.
Concerns: The interaction within the tutorial is limited to the quiz portion, which is relatively light weight and brief.

Other Issues and Comments: This tutorial provides an excellent model on how one can engage students through the use of animation.