12.0606 paper mills

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Sun, 2 May 1999 21:34:53 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 606.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Sun, 02 May 1999 21:31:17 +0100
From: Paul Brians <brians@mail.wsu.edu>
Subject: Re: 12.0600 Amazon.com & paper mills

In my opinion teachers who give assignments that can be satisfactorily
fulfilled by commercially bought papers are not doing their jobs. In all my
classes, there is a written paper proposal early in the semester
accompanied by an annotated bibliography which I go over with the student.
This is followed by an interim draft which must be revised for a final
grade. Students who cheat can't be bothered to fake all this process.
Asking for a final product only is not teaching, and students recognize
that and some will respond by not learning.

Paul Brians, Department of English
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-5020

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