Beginning a Dialogue about Plagiarism for Parents and Students

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Opening a Dialogue About Plagiarism for Parents and Students

Amy Mahoney

English Teacher Mahopac Central School District, New York

“You want to spend your time on creating great lessons and giving the kids good feedback, and there’s only so many hours in the day.”

Amy Mahoney uses Turnitin Feedback Studio to create an open learning environment and decrease instances of plagiarism. She says she wants students to “rely on their own thinking… and not on sources or on each other.” Mahoney uses Feedback Studio as a deterrent and also a teaching tool, to initiate discussions about authentic work and original thought.

Feedback Studio has helped teachers throughout her institution take a more critical eye to plagiarism, and more accurately identify the severity of copying, from outright copying to paraphrasing to innocent instances. In serious incidents of plagiarism during disciplinary hearings, she finds the concrete documentation within Feedback Studio invaluable. “It’s just such great reinforcement to have that originality report there as your backup.”

With Feedback Studio’s source matching, she is able to check work for potential plagiarism in just seconds. She says she also finds time savings in managing her courses and grading assignments because of Feedback Studio. “You want to spend your time on creating great lessons and giving the kids good feedback, and there’s only so many hours in the day.”