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Adapting Anti Plagiarism Tool Into Coursework In Engineering Program

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009

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2153-5965

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Using Classroom Technologies

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Educational Research and Methods

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15

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14.160.1 - 14.160.15

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Jeongkyu Lee University of Bridgeport

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Jalpa Bani University of Bridgeport

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Jalpa Bani is a M.S. student of Computer Science at University of Bridgeport. She completed her under graduation in Computer Engineering from Saurashtra University, Gujarat, India. She has a deep urge to know more in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks, Database Management System and Mobile Computing. During her under graduation, she researched on Cyborg - an active area in applied Robotics. She continued her research quest by concentrating on security vulnerabilities in network and wireless communication protocols; 1024-bit+ encryption/decryption of data; and enhancing performance of mobile database query engine. In April 2008, she published a innovative paper at the IEEE Wireless Telecommunications Symposium 2008. The paper presented a unique algorithm to prevent cache timing attack on Rijndael Algorithm.

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Ying-ju Chen University of Bridgeport

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Ying-ju Chen is a full-time Ph.D. student of Computer Science Engineering at the University of Bridgeport. She received the B.S degree in Computer Science from Tangkang University in 1995 and the M.S. degree in Computer Information System from Golden Gate University in 1998. Prior to her pursuing of the Ph.D. degree, she worked for the BEA Systems in WebLogic Server Division as a Sr. Software Engineer. During her stay with the BEA Systems, Ying-ju was recognized as the technical lead of the quality assurance department for various teams like EJB, JSP and Servlet, Workshop EJB Plug-in cross various releases.

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Adapting Anti-Plagiarism Tool into Coursework in Engineering Program

Key words: Plagiarism, Anti-Plagiarism Tool, Plagiarism Detection, Turnitin

Abstract

Plagiarism in higher educations includes not only copied words in writing, but also any illegal activities reusing previous data, ideas, and processes. Specifically, plagiarism issues in engineering schools are getting important because of cultural difference of their students and rapid changes of technology used in their classroom. The well-known examples include master thesis controversy in Ohio University, and Dr. Hwang’s case in stem research. Both of the cases bring us the following questions: (1) What makes engineering students cheat on their writing? (2) What types of plagiarisms are happened in engineering classroom? and (3) How do instructors in engineering educate their students to prevent plagiarism? In order to answer the questions in this paper, we investigate and discuss the plagiarism issues in engineering program. For the first step of this research, we investigate the types of plagiarism that frequently happen in engineering classes. Then, we select ‘plagiarism in writing’ for our further investigation among various types of plagiarism, since this is the most frequent and serious one in engineering classes. The second step is to adapt an anti-plagiarism tool to the classes. Among several plagiarism software, Turnitin.com is selected for this research not only because it can detect plagiarized writing but it can provide statistical information to both instructors and students. In addition, we collect the survey of plagiarism issues from both students and instructors. Lastly, we analyze the outputs of Turnitin.com, and the results of the survey to answer the questions above. The results show that engineering students realize the importance of plagiarism, but have committed cheatings in their classroom because of lack of time and knowledge for the assignments. Also, we realized that internet is the source where they get the information without proper citation. However, a variety of technology and policy work effectively to reduce plagiarized writing in engineering courses. Our future work will be directed toward other types of plagiarism in engineering classroom, such as programming, webpage, and multimedia.

1. INTRODUCTION

Since the last few decades, higher education systems have been infected by a big virus called plagiarism a lot. Specifically, plagiarism issues in engineering schools are getting important because of cultural difference of their students and rapid changes of technology used in their classroom. Although various definitions of plagiarism are used in education systems, the definition of plagiarism in higher educations generally include any illegal activities reusing previous writing, data, ideas, and processes done by someone else. This is just one example of the definition of plagiarism used in University of Bridgeport for Academic Honesty Standards1.

1 Academic Standards, Guidelines and Resources, University of Bridgeport, http://www.bridgeport.edu/pages/2626.asp

Lee, J., & Bani, J., & Chen, Y. (2009, June), Adapting Anti Plagiarism Tool Into Coursework In Engineering Program Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/4708

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