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PLAGIARISM AS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY with Professor Gerald Nelms, Wright State University.

Department: English

Date and Time: March 2, 2018 | 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Event Location: Ayala Science Library 193

Event Details

Please join the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication and the Department of Film and Media Studies for a workshop on PLAGIARISM AS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY with Professor Gerald Nelms, Wright State University.

Friday, March 2, 2018
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

UCI Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Ayala Science Library 193

Treating student plagiarism as an opportunity for teaching and learning is a research- and evidence-based approach that breaks with the traditional view of plagiarism as an obstruction to education. This newer approach embraces conclusions of and reasoned inferences from decades of interdisciplinary research and scholarship on the plagiaristic behaviors of high school and college students and on teaching and learning research and scholarship more generally. In this workshop, participants will confront real-life and hypothetical scenarios intended to complicate our thinking about student plagiarism and how we view our students. Participants will also learn about the consensus understanding of plagiarism scholars, who recognize that student plagiarism can be the result of unintentional, inadvertent error and cultural misunderstandings (and our failure to adequately address those misunderstandings) as well as underlying mindsets and motivations that lead to intentional plagiaristic behavior. Participants will also learn how plagiarism functions developmentally as the “outsider” makes moves to become an “insider.” Participants will also learn about the workshop facilitator’s Plagiarism Response Heuristic and Guide. The workshop is intended to be highly interactive, allowing for discussions and questions, eliciting various perspectives on the issues addressed.

Gerald “Jerry” Nelms (PhD, Ohio State, 1990; MFA, UNC-Greensboro, 1981) is currently the Academic Director for Developmental Writing and an Associate Professor of English at Wright State University. From 2010 through 2012, he was a visiting instructional consultant at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Ohio State, and for twenty years before that, he was a faculty member and administrator at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Director of Communication Across the Curriculum; Department Chair; and Undergraduate Studies Director in English). Jerry’s scholarly work has focused on developmental education and basic writing; writing across the curriculum; knowledge transfer and how students learn; instructional consultation; composition history, theory, and pedagogy. Jerry has been an advocate for viewing plagiarism as educational opportunity since the late 1990s and has been conducting workshops on student plagiarism since the early 2000s. Since 2011, he has led a team of scholars in facilitating annually held plagiarism as educational opportunity workshops at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

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