This topic was originally posted yesterday, in the Mentors Only section of the Mentor Training Course @: https://www.coursera.org/learn/mentor-community/discussions/all/threads/cRB_oQl5EemNsgqSGaU9BA?utm_medium=email&utm_source=other&utm_campaign=opencourse.discourse.mentor-community~opencourse.discourse.KDbA8hYREeWCWhKuhISYpw.cRB_oQl5EemNsgqSGaU9BA~SyLRzgo4EemS0Q4U5mc4kg -- you need to be enrolled in the Mentor Training course to view the original thread. I am posting my topic in the Community forum [here], for Beta Testers, hoping to get your insight and ideas; and also to get more exposure and support for my idea. Please reply with your feedback [good, bad, or indifferent], it will be very appreciated. Thank you!
""Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work."" -- quote from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism
From readings, it seems plagiarism continues to be a concern on Coursera; the impacts are obvious to most of us. So I was thinking, Coursera can teach us about so many things; from the Cosmos to microscopic organisms -- why don't we add a Plagiarism Course to Coursera?
This course will be FREE to ALL learners on the platform, and include a certificate of completion.
So, here are some of my ideas of what would be included in the Course:
(1) The definition of what Plagiarism is.
(2) How to identify Plagiarism.
(3) Best practices for reporting Plagiarism.
(4) Use of online Plagiarism Checkers.
(5) Other online resources about and combating Plagiarism.
(6) The Impacts Plagiarism has on education and the sciences.
(7) At least one worst case example of Plagiarism [significant impact].
(8) A couple most-common instances of Plagiarism in the real-world [common cases].
(9) A few examples of Plagiarism found on Coursera; and it's impact on learners, etc…
(10) Examples of reasons/motives for people to use plagiarism. [Idea submitted by: Judith Gutlerner; thank you!]
(11) Cultural considerations when dealing with Plagiarism. [Idea submitted by: Judith Gutlerner; thank you!]
This course would include at least one peer-graded assignment; at least two preferred: (1) one assignment about Plagiarism itself, and how to report it; (2) Peer-graded essay about the impacts of Plagiarism on education and/or the sciences.
The Coursera Plagiarism Course will be a prerequisite for the Coursera Mentor Training course.
In other words, persons interested in being a Mentor, would have to successfully complete the Coursera Plagiarism course PRIOR to enrolling in the Mentor training course; or, the Plagiarism course would become a part of the Mentor training course.
INCENTIVES FOR LEARNERS TO COMPLETE THE PLAGIARISM COURSE:
In my opinion, to help increase participation, it would be helpful if the Coursera Plagiarism Course provided some incentive to all learners. I feel it would be appropriate for Coursera to offer a one-time discount towards the next certificate course on the platform the learners purchases.
In other words: once a learner has completed the Plagiarism Course successfully, they would get a one-time discount towards a certificate course they choose. A learner passes the Plagiarism Course, and they are interested in taking the Social Psychology course, when they enroll, they would get a one-time discount off of the purchase price for that course to get the certificate.
Perhaps learners would get a 25-50% discount, one time, off their next course?
Though Coursera already has the honor code, and code of conduct; I feel a separate pledge specifically about Plagiarism within the Plagiarism Course would be appropriate. From what we learned from the Social Psychology course, this agreement would be a the top [or beginning] of the course and ask the learner to commit NOT to using Plagiarism; within the Coursera platform AND outside of Coursera. Just an idea...
List of EXISTING resources on the topic of plagiarism on Coursera: https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/360004031371-Check-your-written-assignments-for-plagiarism https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/209818863-Coursera-Honor-Code
I would appreciate anyone's ideas, suggestions, and/or criticisms. Thank You!
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