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What Are the New and Emerging Plagiarism Trends?

Introducing The Plagiarism Spectrum 2.0

As schools and universities around the world prepare to pivot towards remote learning, it’s important to take note of the new challenges and opportunities to uphold integrity in student work. While online learning environments have always been vulnerable to academic misconduct, as more schools participate in online learning activities, instances of academic misconduct may rise commensurately.

So what are some new opportunities for plagiarism and academic misconduct in online learning environments?

Christine Lee
Christine Lee
Content Manager

As schools and universities around the world prepare to pivot towards remote learning, it’s important to take note of the new challenges and opportunities to uphold integrity in student work.

While online learning environments have always been vulnerable to academic misconduct, as more schools participate in online learning activities, instances of academic misconduct may rise commensurately. An April 2020 Boston Globe article states, “Cheating has always been a problem for colleges, whether students bought term papers or illicitly shared the answers before a test. But COVID-19...has meant that the tests that professors would have administered in their classrooms and lecture halls are suddenly being taken remotely and with potentially greater access to banned outside help. The new environment may provide students with more opportunities to cheat.”

So what are some new opportunities for plagiarism and academic misconduct in online learning environments?

What can you do about these new short-cut forms of misconduct?

The academic landscape continues to evolve in both anticipated and unexpected ways. It’s important to keep in mind challenges facing students and to make them feel supported and seen, regardless of the learning platform. While technology both aids and mitigates academic misconduct and is the battleground for academic integrity in recent years, educators still have the opportunity to instill academic integrity and a love of learning in students through relationship building, feedback, and exam design. And it’s important to choose tools that support these pedagogical principles.

For more information on new and emerging plagiarism trends, and how to address them in your courses, check out the Plagiarism Spectrum 2.0.