Week 5: Plagiarism (section II)

The interactive video “The Lab” is the most impression part for me in the material of this week. It is provide the different situation in different roles when we faced the plagiarism, as well as shown variety choice and result in each stage. Maybe it is a little bit different than the real situation, but, in this video, it is highlight the process will be experienced when the plagiarism happened. I select the role of Kim Park, a graduate student in research Laboratory, which is same as me. Actually, it is extremely contradictory when I face the questions that Kim to meet RIO face to face and the situation to leave and stay after Kim meet RIO in person. I shrink from the effects after the truth is disclosed. However, the voice in my mind reminder me to be brave even it is mad. In particular, in my words, to accuse cheating and plagiarism of my colleague is a hard decision. But I understand this is the only and right method to protect my research and the achievement of other scholar.

The video “why student plagiarism” analyze the reasons why plagiarism happened, and also demonstrate the data collection in details, such as the ratio, the different level of student and the sections student plagiarism. It is shown that pressure and stress is one of the significant reasons. Due to the goals are too hard to reach and the bad time management, which lead to cheating and plagiarism. I understand the situation the students faced, even in the time closer to the deadline, all students fighting with papers and exam. But it is not the excuse for cheating and plagiarism. Therefore, to avoid this happened, I design a timetable at the beginning of the semester, add schedule in each section and, most important, highlight the deadline. I recognize that I am a deadline person, so in my schedule the deadline always ahead than professors marked on the syllabus. In our department, cheating and plagiarism is not common cause art and design is basic on personal idea, experience, creative, style and technical. Sometimes, it is like a personal symbol and hard to copy.

Week 4 : Facebook and Graduate Honor Code

For my previous experience for hunting job, I not only submitted CV, Cover Letter and recommendation letter, but also need to hand on portfolio and/or personal Website to support the application. But, at the first day I working for my previous company, my employer told me he check all my personal information on my social media, without any reminder before. I was totally shaken and site visibility for only my friends I accepted. I completely against and rarely tolerate that employers use social media in order to know the personality. In my opinion, I follow all requires and submit the recommendation letters to reflect more background in professional field. The news I written and shared on social media only faced my families and friends not as a tool to support job application, in other words, I prefer to separate the personal life and work.


The material this week indicates honor system including cheating, plagiarism, falsification and academic sabotage, as well as the solutions when these occurred. I heard several stories before in other majors. The most important ability for students in art and design department is idea and technical. For instance, for the studio class, when professor create an assignment on Canvas. Students will display their art works differently even the theme is the same. Sometimes it is hardly for plagiarism cause the style as the unique personal stamp. It is obviously to duplicate others works. In particular, some master artists clarify the symbol in personal style partly basis on nature. Furthermore, the points highlight on the honor system reminder me to think about plagiarism, falsification and academic sabotage. It is hard for me to restraining people’s behavior. Therefore, to remain my ideas and though, as well as to protect the process during creation and art works is the primary rules I need to follow.

Week 3: Though about Ethics in the Arts

The Standards and Guidelines announced by College Art Associate about Ethics in Arts, which is the bible for designers, and artists and the students belonging art and design department. In particular, all the standards illustrate how to protect and display the artworks for artists and designers in social world. It is important, as a student, clearly and understanding all rules will be faced in future work and how to solve and/or avoid the problems will be emerged.

Meanwhile, as an art student, I focus on how to develop and demonstrate my amazing ideas and though and ignore to protect my art works and fabulous ideas. It is dangerous. I remember, when I study in fine arts, there are 14-artworks are collected by collage without any notices. When I received the collection certificates I just realized that my works are collected. After that I never receive any information and state about all works. Even if the art pieces display in retrospective exhibition, I will not be mentioned. The statement of CAA about the ethics reminder me what I need to do in next time when I faced the same problem in future.

Given the standards shown on the part V. Exhibition and Sale of Artwork is essential for my research. This part states the important rules to how to works with art dealers and art institutions. Contract is the primary method which means laws are the basis ways to the rights reserved by the artist. The Artist-Gallery Contracts section is my most interested part cause my previous work is a curator and exhibits space designer. This section clarifies the duration and coverage, expenses, exhibitions, commissions, sales and accounting and termination in the contracts. All of them are important for both artist and museum, especial the expenses paragraph, which has shown the fees of transportation, insurance, storage, security and exhibit duration and who will cover the cost. It is relevant the budget and the operation of museum. Therefore, gallery and museums as an outstanding platform for artist to display their fantastic works to general public. At the same time, copyright is the key for artist to reserve and protect the rights of their artworks to avoid the plagiarism.

Week 2: The Purpose of the Research University

The aim of research university is to develop the students’’ ability of create, invention, analysis and visionary. In particular, higher education focuses on specific academic areas to train learners in structure of acknowledge and learning skills. It is different between the ways of study in high school and university. Students need more active in higher education and recognize the research area. The most important for student that gains from research universities is the ways of thinking and the ability of analysis and solve the problems. For instant, the projects in class not included all the problems we will faced in future, thus the experience that learned from team members and professors is how they analyze and completed each part, as well as image what I will do in the same situation.

I graduated from China Academy of Fine in Fine Art and Kingston University London in Curating Contemporary Design. After that, I work in Beijing Design Week and Architecture studio in Beijing. It is a huge gap between my experience in education and working. In other works, the aims of professor and boss are different. It frustrated for me as a new member of the company. The experience in working is a new beginning for me not matter what I have achieved in universities. After I depth thinking in working I back Research University-Virginia Tech to think about how to connect the skills I learned from class with ability I should be used in work. It is clear and aimed in the whole learning process.

The mode is different between Tech and China Academic of art, as well as in Kingston. Both in China and Britain, all students will receive the course schedule in each semester and study will students who have similar background. But, in Tech, students have right to choose classes and cooperate and learning with classmates who have different educational background and structure of acknowledge. Students have different ways of thinking that based on their background, which inspire though and new ideas. It is essential, or almost the central keys, for the development of Research University.