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Re: Shakespeare.Papers.com
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1678  Tuesday, 3 July 2001

[1]     From:   Gareth Euridge <
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        Date:   Monday, 02 Jul 2001 11:14:00 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1664 Re: Shakespeare.Papers.com

[2]     From:   Andrew W. White <
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        Date:   Monday, 2 Jul 2001 15:37:45 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1664 Re: Shakespeare.Papers.com


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From:           Gareth Euridge <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Jul 2001 11:14:00 -0400
Subject: 12.1664 Re: Shakespeare.Papers.com
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1664 Re: Shakespeare.Papers.com

Given the material available on the web, it is always a pleasant
surprise to me that so few students seem to steal it.  Ironically
enough, I also find this somewhat depressing!

gareth

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From:           Andrew W. White <
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Date:           Monday, 2 Jul 2001 15:37:45 -0400
Subject: 12.1664 Re: Shakespeare.Papers.com
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1664 Re: Shakespeare.Papers.com

Brother Anthony's response leads me to another query:  perhaps this
problem with plagiarism is bound up with our modern preference for a
more 'efficient' grading system, one that avoids actual contact with
students.  We can give them multiple-choice exams, assign tons of
reading and a paper or two, and can 'grade' them with the greatest of
ease; or so we think.  Maybe it's time to get out of that box, because
there is simply no substitute for actual, oral communication and living,
breathing proof that they know the material.

Perhaps it's time we re-institute the old habit of actually engaging in
dialogue with them, one-on-one, questioning them on their grasp of the
facts (with or without books handy, as we deem appropriate).  It takes
time, of course, but if this is done in conjunction with a reading of a
paper, and is limited to say 15 minutes each, who's to say this might
not do more to enforce independent thought than our current system?

Andy White
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Theater
University of Maryland, College Park

(Who regularly forgets what he wrote two days ago, let alone a few
years. . .)

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