Preventive Politics and Practices

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Ideas for designing writing assignments that encourage students writing in own words are listed presented in the KTH publication Guiding students away from plagiarism (Carroll and Zetterling, 2009, 42-50). Read illuminative examples of assignments from the guidebook. A summary of the ideas is seen compiled in the following table: 

AvoidInstead, choose

problems that already have an existing answer

  • topics as questions like "Sustainable development"
  • verbs likedescribe, identify, list, recount, draw upon
  • "a question saying ' Google'"
  • questions from past courses

action verb like rank, plan, alter, invent > it signals stimulates interest that work has to be done 

  • "a question saying 'Google then think'"
  • new questions for each course

questions that make it easy to copy from other students

  • if there is only one answer or few possible solutions

questions individualised with data or resources

  • a common template, but a unique topic
  • using personal experiences, experiments or activities

generic or old worn out questions

spesific questions about more general topic

  • local aspect
  • the latest information about the topic
  • specific data applied

assignments that require skills that are not taught yet

assignments that are divided into parts that train pointed skills

too hard assignments

a suitable challenge

  • smaller assignments
  • assist students how to do it
  • a group task instead of individual work

hidden criteria

open criteria about what aspects are valued


Examples in Aalto University