Yesterday, at our Pedagogic Research Group meeting, we were delighted to welcome Janette Ryan as our guest speaker. She spoke to us about international students and changing learning contexts which was thought provoking and kept us talking for nearly two hours. One part of the discussion was around the myth that international students plagiarise at a higher rate than home students. This is perhaps now being borne out by a rise in complaints by international students to the OIA.
There is still a need for education of students and academics alike in the use and abuse of electronic detection and I am delighted to say that Jon Scott and I have been awarded some funding from the HEA for a synthesis on the evidence of the effectiveness, use and implementation of plagiarism detection by electronic means ‘Dealing with plagiarism in the digital age’. We will use citeulike to support the project by tagging the references we use in the synthesis (example using tag ‘plagiarism‘). The feed from this tag will be public and I am hoping that the plagiarism research community will join us and suggest and tag resources and papers too. The synthesis will become part of the HEA’s evidencenet.