Plagiarism Certificates and Student Understanding
Abstract: Plagiarism has been an increased concern for online programs due to the easy accessibility of others’ work. The prevalence of plagiarism is a cause for concern because of the harm the student causes themselves and those they are plagiarizing. A number of steps can be implemented to help students understand plagiarism and how to avoid it. To develop learning modules to address key plagiarism concepts, an understanding of student knowledge of plagiarism is needed. Student questions related to plagiarism issues as well as quiz results were examined to determine student knowledge in four online graduate programs. Upon completion of the quiz a plagiarism certificate is issued providing evidence of an adequate passing rate of the plagiarism quiz. Thus, demonstrating, at the very least, a basic student understanding.