October 8, 2013 by idinnovation
Plagiarism is a huge issue in education and organizations, most Learning Management Systems have built in plagiarism detection software. Employee policies can differ from business to business but penalties can range from temporary leave, leave without pay to termination (Greenleaf). Students participating in distance learning courses can use free software to check and correct any plagiarism that occurs in assignments prior to submission using websites such as Dupli Checker, Plag Tracker or Plagiarism detect are some of the free ones.
In the educational environment learners cheat about as often in online courses as they do in the traditional environment (Laureate Education, Inc., 2013). I’ve seen if far and wide in the development of marketing and training materials. Some companies use images that are found on the web without obtaining the permission of the owners. From my experience this occurs more often in the field of training than it does in marketing. What people have to keep in mind however, is that graphics created by another designer, or photographs, which they do not own when used without permission, is plagiarism. The rules are simple graphics and images that are created by others require written permission, you can use it is the source offers use free of charge or through obtaining a license to use the product (Brookins).
Some examples of this are:
- Taking credit for idea that are not your own;
- Not listing all of the resources that were used;
- Using blog content which you have not cited and claiming it as your own (Brookins);
- Reusing assignments from previous courses (Laureate Education, Inc., 2013)
If plagiarism has occurred in the workplace it sometimes can create tension. I think using software such as Turnitin can assist people in ensuring they are appropriately citing sources. It is the role of the online course facilitator to teach students about copyright, fair use, plagiarism and cheating (Laureate Education, Inc., 2013).
As noted in Performance Improvement Quarterly employee of human resources development specifically should “seek to promote integrity in their research, teaching and practice”. Having integrity is a underlying major component in being both a scholar and researcher. Citing sources and ensuring that materials that are created not only by you but by your team is essential in maintaining an ethical environment. Some things that writers can do to avoid plagiarism are:
- Read materials and them step away from them before paraphrasing them without relooking at the source.
- Cite your sources and add quotations marks when content is used verbatim.
- Learn the difference between what is considered common knowledge and content that should be referenced.
- Ensure that both you and your organization get the permission required for the use of the materials. Consider that individuals using content permissions sometimes differ from organization (Girard, 2004).
Organizations have a low tolerance for plagiarism. Employers often assume that employees have an understanding of what it is and how to avoid it. The primary reason organizations take such a hardline approach to plagiarism in organizations is because their reputations are on the line when employees plagiarism both inside and outside materials. Employee policies can differ from business to business but penalties can range from temporary leave, leave without pay to termination (Greenleaf).
Brookins, M. (?). Examples of plagiarism in the workplace. Retrieved October 08, 2012, from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/examples-plagiarism-workplace-11971.html
Girard, N. (2004) Plagiarism: An ethical problem in the writing world. Retrieved October 08, 2012, from http://www.aornjournal.org/article/S0001-2092 (06)60837-5/fulltext
Greenleaf, J. (?) What is the penalty for Plagiarism? Retrieved October 08, 2012, from, http://www.ehow.com/about_5371475_penalty-plagiarism.html
Laureate Education, Inc. (2013) Plagiarism and Cheating, retrieved on October 8, 2013 from https://class.waldenu.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_3466249_1%26url%3D