In my first LOF blog post 24 March 2019 I wrote: in co-creating my lessons with my students, our shared aims are: 1. to allow my students to be “able to critically examine what communication mechanisms and motivations make information available and [2. to] use critical analysis to direct the way [my students] respond to and interact with the information they encounter” (Mary K. Stewart, 2014) so they can all be Digital Information Savvies.
In the age of the printed book it was much easier to outline plagiarism from books. When a written book had been purchased, the published content clearly belonged to that author, as the name was visible in black and white. For online content, the lines are blurrier. Perhaps no one has directly been referenced as an author, and the work is being provided to anyone who finds it, for free. Copyright has become more important, as have privacy issues.
So, now we need to spend time with our students outlining that there’s more to research than copying and pasting. We need to teach students how to check sources and cite references from online content. We help students with practicing summarising, paraphrasing, quoting, explaining and referencing. We need to teach why that is relevant.