Classroom technologies and ethical issues

Roblyer & Doering (2014, p.25) identify issues that are shaping the teaching environment, and the responses and responsibilities of Teachers. In a digitally saturated environment one fundamental issue is new plagiarism and digital dishonesty.

Gabriel (2010) refers to the findings of Donald L. McCabe, who surveyed 14,000 undergraduates from 2006 to 2010 and found 40 percent had “admitted to copying a few sentences in written assignments” (Gabriel, 2010). More alarming was a shift in students perception of plagiarism, with results illustrating only 29 percent of students believed copy information for internet constitutes “serious cheating which was a 5 percent reduction since the last decade.

As teachers we need to educate students about how appropriately use information and how to avoid unintentional plagiarism (Roblyer & Doering, 2012, p. 25).


Gabriel, T. (Aug 01, 2010). Plagiarism Lines Blue for Students in Digital Age.New York Times. Retrieved from

Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. (2014). Pearson New International Edition. Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. Harlow, England: Pearson.


2 thoughts on “Classroom technologies and ethical issues”

  1. Hi Alexandria,
    Thanks for you blog! I agree! We need to teach students about plagiarism, and I believe we should also outline for them how it has changed. Interestingly, the internet while making plagiarism perhaps easier to do, and harder to define, it also provides us with tools to spot plagiarised work such as with technology like turnitin.
    This site talks about how we can educate students on plagiarism :,
    and this article in plagiarism today talks about how the internet has shaped plagiarism:


    1. To some degree plagiarism being more accepted by students might be because of technology itself. As a computer programmer I regularly start a new program by finding the closest program in type to it and copying it. It is literally my job to start off by copying code, I’d get the sack if I wasn’t good at it. The whole of opensource code that runs much of the internet has been copied and incrementally improved over time.

      Although I’d agree we have to stop students from wholesale copying I wonder where it will end.
      I also wonder that with better anti-plagiarism tools around that maybe we are just catching more people.
      I wonder if any tertiary students accused of plagiarism have turned the modern anti-plagiarism tools on their lecturers PHDs in an effort to avoid punishment ;-).


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