I'm surprised they still know how to work a photocopier (which probably figures in their memories in about the way a mimeograph machine figures in mine -- my teachers in elementary school used them, and I learned how to, once, to print up a flyer for the 8th grade bird seed sale, and was quite proud of myself, but doubt I could do it today). Or maybe it was the copy function on the student's multifunction print/copy/scan machine? Nah; none of them own printers, either; those are for slightly younger old fogeys.
Because my students now have to pay to print or photocopy, they're pleading to write their papers by hand.
Just finished grading the first set of papers. Flunked fully 1/3 of them for cutting and pasting from Wiki. And they didn't even bother to try addressing the topic. When I handed the papers back with the notes about plagiarizing, I didn't hear a peep. Like they're either shocked that they were caught, or chagrined.
You should also consider the possibility that they may not care about getting caught. Few people these days can get away with flunking 1/3 of the class, plagiarism or not.
This has happened to me, Wylodmayer. It was a Study Skills class at a JC. The assignment was to write answers to questions at the end of any textbook chapter for some other class they were taking. The answers could be on flashcards or paper, handwritten or typed. Two students handed in the same answers from the same chapter, typed in the same font, but one had cut them up and glued them to flashcards. It astounds me that your students were even dumber and lazier.
If you think this is bad, just wait until they try to use the Copenhagen Interpretation to defend cheating. (ie. The teacher caused the cheating because he/she was the one who observed it!)
And the REALLY funny part is that they don't even know what the Copenhagen Interpretation is!
This is when I wish it were acceptable to facepalm them. REALLY HARD.
I had identical submissions one semester on a takehome exam that came off the same printer, with an oddly bluish black ink.As I was musing about it my TA said, "of course. They're roomies."I gave them each 50% of the grade that the submission would have received.
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