Reducing Online Cheating Discussed at Tomorrow’s Faculty Forum

Posted: April 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A faculty forum on “Reducing Cheating and Plagiarism” will be held tomorrow from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 228. Provost Peter Stearns will begin with definitions of the problem, including its scope and causes, and will define the roles of faculty and administrators in requiring, teaching, and modeling ethical behavior.

The focus of the faculty forum is to demonstrate strategies for detecting plagiarism, present reactive methods of dealing with the problem, and suggest proactive approaches to dissuading and minimizing cheating and plagiarism.

Panelists include Julie Christiansen, Office of the Provost; Todd LaPorte, International Commerce and Policy; Ruth Fischer, English; Laurie Fathe, Center for Teaching Excellence; Craig Gibson, University Libraries; Gerry Mulherin, dean of students; Lauren Parker, chair of the Honor Committee; and Rosemary Chase, University Libraries.

They will share their personal interests in the topic and answer questions from the audience. Short clips from the PBS satellite broadcasts on “Cheating and Plagiarism Online” will be shown, and a list of helpful web sites will be made available.

For more information, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at (703) 993-8652 or lfathe@mason.gmu.edu.

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