Plagiarism checking and detection has become possible thanks to advanced developments in technology. However, issues don’t just remain on the technological side but also very much on a pedagogical, organisational and legal level.
To shine a light on some of the gaps in plagiarism checking, the Campus Brugg-Windisch of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Pädagogische Hochschule hosted the plagiarism conference “E-Labor Von Hochschule zu Hochschule. Plagiatsprävention stärken. Herausforderungen meistern” (E-Labor from and to secondary education. Strengthening plagiarism prevention and mastering challenges) on April 18.
The event focused on plagiarism prevention and stimulated discussions and talks between various stakeholders.
As a major player in plagiarism detection technology, PlagScan obviously couldn’t miss this event. According to PlagScan CEO Markus Goldbach, plagiarism prevention and detection is a highly interdisciplinary matter. He emphasized that the event has addressed the problem in a targeted and comprehensive manner.
“As plagiarism software, we provide a significant tool in this field,” Goldbach said. “We want to learn as much as possible about different conditions and requirements, which is imminently important for our work. The conference in Brugg was very insightful for us, which is why we are very grateful for the invitation.”
The presentations of the event were well-founded and at a high level, which proved the competency of all participants. Various discussions repeatedly stressed how important the embedding process of plagiarism software in the pedagogical, organisational and legal framework is. According to many educational experts, this process should take place as quickly as possible.
“I felt validated that PlagScan was well-developed to meet the requirements of universities,” Goldbach said. “Nevertheless, different institutions and people have different ideas about how much they want to be using the software.”
Some experts support the provision of the software for students as writing training. Others suppose that random checks upon suspicion are sufficient. Many emphasize the importance of introducing a fair standard for all and thus examining all work at a university.
“Our goal is to offer a suitable solution for all kinds of different needs,” Goldbach said. “And I see us on the right path to do so in the near future.”