The LSU Top 5 #23

This is the 23rd of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

Local students don’t know what plagiarism is: expertsTuoi Tre

This article gives an insight into plagiarism in Vietnam.

Dr. Pham Quoc Loc, of Hoa Sen University, located in the city, complained that local students lack a proper method of providing citations and bibliographies for their academic works.

There is a common phenomenon in which students simply “copy” and “paste” information from the Internet into their projects or papers, Dr. Loc said.

Plagiarisms of these types are destroying students’ creativity, critical thinking, and even verbal communication skills, Dr. Loc said.

The educator further explained that students rarely read books and at the same time fail to look deeply into a specific issue because there are too many sources of information available online.


Non-fiction book plagiarism gets more problematic in VietnamVietnamnet

…and it isn’t just students plagiarising. Wholesale plagiarism of textbooks is apparently common in Vietnam:

…many books have been found as having the same contents, though they have different covers and show different authors’ names. 

Authors of textbooks are also not being given accurate royalties:

Prof Phan Trong Luan, the chief editor of many textbooks, said he once came to see the director of a publishing house to clarify how many copies of books were printed. He found out that 10,000 copies, not 1,000, were printed. However, Luan could not claim for more royalties, because the officer who provided information to Luan, said she would be sacked if the director finds where the information came from.


What to do next if you’re too cool for universityThe Guardian

Dale Stephens is starting Uncollege in San Francisco for those who are ambitious but don’t want to go to university. In the pilot program to be launched this August, “hackademics” will live in shared houses, take a trip overseas, and be self-directed in their learning – though how this will work is unclear. They are encouraged to travel and start entrepreneurial projects. Meanwhile, some universities and the UK’s National Union of Students are saying that it can’t replace the university experience.


Number of High School Students Taking College Courses SurgesDiverse 

The number of high school students taking full credit-bearing courses at universities (not ‘Advanced Placement’, but actual university courses) has soared in recent years. These courses are no longer full of bright or ‘gifted’ students, but students who are looking for additional courses to supplement their high school curriculum.

“There are many more academically middle students. These are definitely not programs for the top five percent anymore,” Swanson said.


Reading, Writing and Video GamesThe New York Times

The article warns that we may live to regret the gamification of education as unexpected consequences reveal themselves.

Technologists aim for educational games that are “immersive” and “relevant,” “experiential” and “authentic,” “collaborative” and “fulfilling” — adjectives that could easily apply to constructing an art project out of found objects. It’s easy to foresee a future in which teachers try to unpeel children from their screens in order to bring them back to such hands-on, “real world” experiences. To renew their “focus.”


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