EduLinks – Bursaries, bank accounts & breaking out

Got that Friday feeling?

New York Times – Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age

It seems that many students don’t realise they are plagiarising, even when the plagiarism is huge.  Why?  Because “concepts of intellectual property, copyright and originality are under assault in the unbridled exchange of online information”.

PhDBlog – The rationality we routinely adopt

While Teh Pesky Interwebs is changing views of copyright, is it also helping to “give us a richer, nuanced and more authentic perspective”?

Guardian – Student bank accounts: Overdrafts and incentives

Not all bank accounts are the same.  And not all freebies are as worthwhile as you think.  The Guardian gives the lowdown on all the offers currently available to students.

From PsychCentral – The End of Privacy, The End of Forgetting?:

“Far from our becoming a society that doesn’t care about privacy, the more our privacy is misused and abused by Big Companies for their own profit and gain — or used against us by a potential future employer, current employer, significant other, etc. — the more sensitive we become to privacy issues. That’s because people aren’t stupid. They know if they post something online, it can come back to haunt them. If they didn’t know that once, they’ll know it the minute they do it and find out it prevents them from obtaining something they want out of life.”

Inside Google Books – Books of the world, stand up and be counted!

Google says there are currently 129,864,880 unique books in the world.  Given that revelation, are you doing enough research for your coursework…?

XKCD – University websites: the truth

Inside Higher Ed – No Laughing Matter

When XKCD published the cartoon above, it got noticed.  Students, academics, parents, all sorts of people were linking to this comic and talking about it.  When something like this speaks to so many of us, it’s time to consider change.

From Swift Kick Central – Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech:

“I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I’m scared.”

Student Bursaries

Bursaries were in the news this week.  Universities are spending more of their fee income on poor students, but figures show that ‘top’ universities tend to spend far less than others.  Here be the linkage:

Office For Fair Access
BBC
Guardian
Telegraph
UCU

Have a great weekend!

2 comments

  1. Frankly I couldn’t help thinking the NY Times article was bullshit. Plagiarism is very different from sharing: I’ve never seen anyone substituting his name for the artist’s one when downloading a song.

    1. Very true, Giorgio. The two acts are different. In my mind, the piece was trying to explain how boundaries are so blurred that people are increasingly unaware of what behaviour is serious and even what behaviour constitutes plagiarism at all. The matter of unsigned text being ‘common knowledge’ is just one example of misunderstanding that simply wouldn’t have been so widespread a decade or more ago.

      But I agree with you that the absolute link between file-sharing and plagiarism is tentative. More confusion comes from the ability for people to remix what’s already out there and then call it their own:


      I first found that video on Michael Wesch’s ‘Anthropological Introduction to YouTube’ –

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