Responding to Student Plagiarism as an Educational Opportunity 

Investigating cases of student plagiarism must involve more than simply textual evidence of shared discourse and use or misuse of citation conventions. Plagiarism itself is, in fact, a cluster of different behaviors that can take similar textual forms. Every plagiarism case comes with its own set of individual circumstances, which, when considered, suggest that most student plagiarism should not be addressed as moral failure but rather as educational opportunity.

In this webcast, we explore a heuristic of five questions for analyzing any case of student plagiarism. We consider several student plagiarism scenarios, applying our heuristic, which help us determine what the consequences of that plagiarism should be. An underlying assumption driving this heuristic is that the best response to any case of student plagiarism is one that teaches.

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