¿Por qué plagian los alumnos en línea?

Experiencias de bachillerato a distancia

Why do students plagiarize online?

Luis Miguel Ángel Cano Padilla
Asesor en línea de B@UNAM,
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


“Copy and paste” is one of the most common practices among students worldwide. Numerous studies show that a large number of students undertake this practice while doing their homework. In this situation, our duty as advisors is to try to find out why cheating is so popular among students, because this situation points out the existence of a problem, which can be of conceptual nature (lack of clarity in the subject), procedural (lack of clarity on how to carry out the activity), or attitudinal (simply not interested in the subject). In any case, we can’t just shrug our shoulders and do nothing. This paper describes the result of an exercise of inquiry about the possible causes of plagiarism among our students.

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