University Lecturers Take Action on Plagiarism

Lecturers in the Bishkek capital are taking special lessons to help them identify plagiarism in student dissertations and essays.

University Lecturers Take Action on Plagiarism

Lecturers in the Bishkek capital are taking special lessons to help them identify plagiarism in student dissertations and essays.

Saturday, 6 June, 2009
Ayday Tokonova reports that the United States group IREX has been running workshops to teach university staff about software that will identify plagiarised work in a matter of seconds.



“We find it easier to get ready-made material on the internet than running around looking for books and information,” admitted one student. “It saves us time.”



Some lecturers say there is a legal grey area surrounding whether the acceptability of essays based on copied material.



Leyla Kolchaeva, a lecturer in journalism at the Kyrgyzstan National University, says there is no need for hi-tech solutions.



With a good knowledge of one’s students and their abilities, she says, plagiarism should stand out a mile – “I can spot it immediately.”
Kyrgyzstan
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