Plagiarism Now and Then

Throughout my academic career, I have constantly heard about the dangers of plagiarism, but have never experienced them. As we all already know, plagiarism is a serious offense that affects many people within a community where it occurs. In the age of technology, we are lucky enough to have the means to combat plagiarism. For example, one of my assignments for my assistantship is to teach the basic communications course here at Ball State. As an instructor for this course, I have to have my students turn in their work using a program called SafeAssign. This program has the ability to compare students assignments to a wealth of literature along with every assignment ever submitted to SafeAssign. The program then gives a percentage-based readout of how much of the students assignment is original content. This tool has been very helpful and reassuring for me as an instructor. I have to wonder how plagiarism was checked before the advent of programs such as SafeAssign. It would have been pretty simple for experts, such as professors, to see when students had copied material that already existed in the field, but it may have been much more difficult to catch students who copied each other. When a student decides to plagiarize off of their own work or others they hurt themselves the most. This is because the student may pass the course without learning the material, which will lead them to a very difficult future. This discussion should show how dangerous plagiarism can be and that it can be more easily caught now making it both dangerous and difficult to accomplish.

Here are some famous cases of plagiarism.

Ball State, CICS, and the Rest of the World

This may seem like a lot of content to tackle in my very first post, but I would like to use this post to quantify my Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) experience thus far and explain why the program is important to me. Let’s just say that my graduate school experience has been a little nontraditional. I am a double major in both CICS and Communication Studies, and I am in my second year of study, which will conclude this upcoming May. This gives me a unique perspective on the program since I have been part of the center for two cycles now. Over the past year and a half, I have been challenged to learn and grow more than in any other part of my life thus far. It is this growth that has taught me to become the professional I am today. Throughout my time at CICS I have worked on many group and personal projects that have pushed me to learn more about how technology works and how that information can be communicated to others with non-technical backgrounds. The skills I have gained from these projects are marketable in almost any professional situation. In the United States, these skills are marketable across a multitude of technology-based jobs. Tech is also one of the more arguably stable industries within the United States. As for the rest of the world, CICS has also taught me to understand and work in diverse situations. Not only do I understand these situations I also personally appreciate diversity. This makes it so that I can be a globally conscious professional who would be able and willing to work wherever the opportunity takes me. In the end, my graduate school experience has helped to prepare me for my life after academia in more ways than I can express in words.

Here are some helpful links!