I have been more careful looking for plagiarism this semester. As a result, I have been catching a lot of it. (I realized last semester late in the game that students were cheating.)
I felt a little bit better about finding all these students cheating in my classes after my chair said, “It’s an ethical issue, not a pedagogical issue.” I can’t make their ethics better.
I feel a little more concerned for the state of education and less convinced that it might be some failing in me, after reading The Chronicle’s article High Tech Cheating on Homework Abounds.
[Dr. David Pritchard] and his research team found about 50 percent more cheating than students reported in anonymous surveys over a period of four semesters. In the first year he did his hunting, about 11 percent of homework problems appeared to be copied.