Friday, October 21, 2011

Academic Integrity Assignment

This week I discussed issues of academic integrity and plagiarism with my students and then had them research a work of art from the Met and write up information, citing other sites and articles.


Students will be able to...
...use citation conventions to give credit to sources
...write grammatically correct citations and quotations
...paraphrase some information and quote other information (and discern how much should be quoted)
...research information on the Internet and write a summary


Students were asked to select one artwork from Egypt, Rome or Greece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by looking at the museum website or using the MyArtsLab resources on the collection at the Met.  They were asked to read about the artwork, add an image, and write a short report on it, using citations and quotations.


Students worked on this assignment during class when we were in the computer lab.  The students all selected interested artwork to report on from the correct time periods and regions.  I modeled a report on an Egyptian bronze footbath and pointed the students to it when they were having difficulty.

At first, some students copied and pasted entire chunks of text from their sources, but I worked with each student to point out that they should use quotation marks for any copied text and the citation format for sentences (which we had already gone over).  I also pointed out that only a few sentences should be quoted and the rest should be paraphrased in their own words.  Students worked on using good citation sentence structure and putting the ideas into their own words, in addition to adding the reason they selected the artwork.  The results were fairly good and I feel as though students understand the concept of academic integrity and know how to use sources now without plagiarizing.

I had been struggling with how to tackle the issue with students and I am pleased with the way the activity and the student blog posts went.



  1. This is a great exercise, Rebekah! Students definitely need active practice (especially with the Internet so easily accessible) discerning the difference between their ideas and the ideas expressed in what they've cut and pasted.

  2. Awesome! Simple yet effective. I must try something like this in my class.