The IB Learner Profile, ATL and Anti-Plagiarism Software

I recently found myself involved in the review of a school's Academic Honesty Policy, which led me to some background reading, which (as often happens) caused me to fall down an internet rabbit hole: First stop: NPR ED "Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software" (August 25, 2014, Heard on All Things Considered) [audio mp3="https://blogs.osc-ib.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/20140825_atc_turnitin_and_the_high-tech_plagiarism_debate.mp3"] Coming as I do from the IB world, this phrase in the post caught my eye: The fact that anti-plagiarism software can't tell the difference between accidental and intentional plagiarism is just one reason ...

Using Public Domain Images

In August I wrote about how to cite  Creative Commons photos.  Today I'd like to investigate how or why to cite Public Domain photos.  The following is not to be taken as legal advice, but as general guidelines for academic work, in a school setting. Rights are country-specific, so there is no "one size fits all" discussion of this topic.  Wikipedia begins the page on Public Domain with this paragraph: "Works in the public domain are those whose exclusive intellectual property rights ...

Credit Where Credit is Due

Part of being a principled scholar, an  honest internet user, and an good digital citizen means giving credit to the other people's work which  you use in your own.  In this post, we will talk about images, though any media can be licensed. Of course, you have chosen images that are licensed for re-use (a Creative Commons license) or are in the public domain.  How are you going to format the image credit? To properly attribute a Creative Commons image you should Name the title (if given) and author ...

Top Story of 2013: The Struggle to Control Knowledge

The top news stories of any year often spotlight knowledge – new discoveries, for instance, or technological achievements.  In 2013, however, I’d say that some of the biggest debates centred on control of knowledge.  Are all means to gain knowledge ethically acceptable?  Who are the appropriate gatekeepers for access to knowledge, and how fierce is the fence they erect?  Who gains and controls the benefits that come from knowledge?  Who owns knowledge? Probably the hottest controversy has flared up over government ...

Wikipedia protests blacks out website in piracy row

As digital technologies increasingly dominate personal and commercial activities, the issue of copyright protection becomes ever more controversial with stakeholder groups lining up to protect their interests. In a row dubbed by some (but denied by Wikipedia) as a clash between Hollywood and old media, and Silicon Valley, the US Congress has been attempting to enforce copyrights on the Internet, by proposing new legislative controls on internet service providers of websites that offer access to pirated material.  The Congress Act, ...