This week’s focus on academic integrity in research really opened my eyes. I would say that I agree with the informative video on cheating and plagiarism motivations- as I talked about in my last blog post, I think students are overwhelmed. I honestly think that the explanation for the continuing increase in academic violations is stress- students put so much pressure on themselves to complete work that they cut corners when they think they can, or they don’t take the time to research proper citation format and then they plagiarize unintentionally. I currently serve Virginia Tech as a graduate teaching assistant as the sole instructor for two public speaking classes, and I consistently see students that are extremely stressed. I have to clearly explain the expectations for citations, and be willing to take the time to meet with them individually. Some advice I would recommend is to make your expectations extremely clear, even if it feels repetitive. I promise, taking the time to explain why each citation is necessary really does make a difference, and I see it in my students’ work!
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In doing the interactive movie “The Lab”, I actually found it both enjoyable and frustrating. Enjoyable because I felt like I could analyze different situations without have to actually deal with the unimaginable stress of the situation actually happening to me, but frustrating because it was so realistic and I was angry that the situation did not get resolved quicker! I chose the RIO role, and found it to be really, really difficult because I had never considered before the different personalities involved in an inquiry situation, and it really opened my eyes to the difficulties of academic integrity work. It was a difficult experience, but I really enjoyed it and found it helpful. One suggestion I would make, is to let us know how it ends! Did Greg falsify research? Did Kim find a new job? I am so invested in the aftermath. I think this could be an awesome resource for undergraduates to help them understand the process of inquiries!