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04:14 pm, rainabloom
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If the recommendation is to not use Wikipedia at all, I think that’s silly and naive advice - all students use Wikipedia a lot! But if the Professor has a more nuanced view that Wikipedia should not be cited “as a source” by university students then I agree completely! I think the same thing about citing Britannica or any other encyclopedia. Citing an encyclopedia for an academic paper at the University level is not appropriate - you aren’t 12 years old any more, it’s time to step up your game and do research in original sources.

Jimmy Wales’s answer to Jimmy Wales: What does Jimmy Wales think when a university professor states not to use Wikipedia as a source? - Quora (via infoneer-pulse)

But! But it is so much more complicated than this! There is nothing at all wrong with citing certain reference books in academic writing. Don’t make any sort of argument ride on that citation, but the Oxford English Dictionary! The Routledge or Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy! The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism! The DSM-IV! I could do this all day! You need these books to set some shit up before you can knock it down.

Jimmy Wales, don’t drag down every encyclopedia ever to hide from legit objections to Wikipedia. The reasons that professors object to Wikipedia being cited in academic writing are different from the reasons the same professors would have a problem with Britannica*. And please define “original sources” for us before you go on. Those words don’t mean anything in this context. 

* - Btw, don’t play like Britannica is the be-all, end-all of encyclopedias. You look silly when you do that.


09:11 am, rainabloom
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Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
This is, for real, a plank in the Texas Republican Party’s 2012 platform. The entire document is linked here. The above can be found on page 12, while I can be found hiding in my bed, crying and wondering if I should move to the moon.

09:32 am, rainabloom
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infoneer-pulse:

“If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down,” Obama said, drawing immediate applause. “Higher education can’t be a luxury — it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.” Although the speech did not offer any additional details about that warning, a document the White House published accompanying the speech said that the president would propose to “shift some federal aid away from colleges that don’t keep net tuition down and provide good value.”

» via Inside Higher Ed

President Obama doesn’t understand how publicly-funded higher education works. If you take away taxpayer funding, you have to raise tuition because the cost of the materials and resources associated with education increase every year. There is very, very little that college and universities can do about this. This is compounded by our belief that higher ed. is inherently valuable or necessary, even for people who aren’t prepared or don’t want to attend college for whatever reason. So we have to hire more tutors and advisors and instructors to keep class sizes small for students who need extra love, which, of course, costs money.

Or I could just keep my mouth shut and let them move a couple more desks into my half-converted office (former hospital room, for real) for the non-union, part-time, underpaid adjuncts that will undoubtedly be hired to fill in the gaps in this utopian vision of affordable education.


12:27 pm, rainabloom
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I know you all like football. I know a lot of people like football. I know it’s fun and culturally important and for some reason people identify incredibly strongly with Their Team, many to unhealthy levels. But it’s football. It is just football. Feeling personally devastated because someone you trusted made a really terrible decision is one thing; being personally devastated because your identity is so wrapped up in your team that the idea of any member of that team being punished for covering up child rape strikes you as fundamentally unfair is another thing. It is something that should make you seriously reconsider your identity and your values. Being really good at coaching football doesn’t absolve you from looking the other way when you hear about child rape; it doesn’t absolve you from encouraging others not to report child rape to the police.

09:28 am, rainabloom
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Digital Life - Steal this report: college plagiarism up, says Pew report

You may know of it among your college friends, or if you’re a parent, among your kids’ friends: plagiarism is becoming as common as Wi-Fi connections at coffee shops.
The Pew Research Center, in conjunction with the Chronicle of Higher Education, recently surveyed 1,055 college presidents from two- to four-year schools, private and public. More than half of those top officials said they’ve seen an increase in plagiarism in the past 10 years. Nearly all of them say computers and the Internet have played a major role in the rise in stealing others work and claiming it as their own

» via Today

Skeptical librarian is skeptical.
I think it’s easier to catch students plagiarizing now. I think it’s easier for students to copy and paste blocks of text from websites, articles, and electronic books into their own work. But I think it’s easiest of all to blame the internet for this problem, rather than taking a long, hard look at why the students don’t know any better or think they can get away with it in the first place.
The students in my information literacy course do not plagiarize more than once. When I catch them doing it, I confront them directly and explain the implications of their actions. We talk about academic misconduct, respect for the work of others, and remix culture. We talk about it being perfectly okay that they cannot yet write like the person with the PhD who wrote the scholarly article they found on their topic. We talk about the fact that college is hard and research takes time, so they never make the mistake of trying to write a paper the day before it’s due, a choice that often leads to plagiarism.
A university where the culture and coursework do not support these kinds of conversations is asking for students to commit plagiarism. It’s not the fault of the students and it’s certainly not the fault of the technology.

infoneer-pulse:

Digital Life - Steal this report: college plagiarism up, says Pew report

You may know of it among your college friends, or if you’re a parent, among your kids’ friends: plagiarism is becoming as common as Wi-Fi connections at coffee shops.

The Pew Research Center, in conjunction with the Chronicle of Higher Education, recently surveyed 1,055 college presidents from two- to four-year schools, private and public. More than half of those top officials said they’ve seen an increase in plagiarism in the past 10 years. Nearly all of them say computers and the Internet have played a major role in the rise in stealing others work and claiming it as their own

» via Today

Skeptical librarian is skeptical.

I think it’s easier to catch students plagiarizing now. I think it’s easier for students to copy and paste blocks of text from websites, articles, and electronic books into their own work. But I think it’s easiest of all to blame the internet for this problem, rather than taking a long, hard look at why the students don’t know any better or think they can get away with it in the first place.

The students in my information literacy course do not plagiarize more than once. When I catch them doing it, I confront them directly and explain the implications of their actions. We talk about academic misconduct, respect for the work of others, and remix culture. We talk about it being perfectly okay that they cannot yet write like the person with the PhD who wrote the scholarly article they found on their topic. We talk about the fact that college is hard and research takes time, so they never make the mistake of trying to write a paper the day before it’s due, a choice that often leads to plagiarism.

A university where the culture and coursework do not support these kinds of conversations is asking for students to commit plagiarism. It’s not the fault of the students and it’s certainly not the fault of the technology.


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03:11 pm, rainabloom
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pleasedontsqueezetheshaman:

Stamps of Disapproval: A powerful ally in the fight against undergraduate ego inflation.

My birthday is in June.

pleasedontsqueezetheshaman:

Stamps of Disapproval: A powerful ally in the fight against undergraduate ego inflation.

My birthday is in June.