Preventing visual and spatial plagiarism
Although students are often exposed to examples of plagiarism in written work, they may not understand how this information applies to their non-text based academic work. It is important to provide students with specific examples and direct teaching of what constitutes plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct in the visual arts.
Visual and spatial plagiarism prevention resources
The definition of plagiarism in the visual and spatial arts is identical to what is typically thought of as plagiarism in written materials. That is, plagiarism is “the use in whole or in part of the work of others without crediting the source of the work through appropriate documentation” (University of Manitoba, 2010, p. 12). These resources will help you help your students avoid visual and spatial plagiarism.
Further reading on visual plagiarism
- Ethics in Graphic Design. Battling Visual Plagiarism.
- Editorial Photographers United Kingdom and Ireland. Visual plagiarism: when does inspiration become imitation?
- Editorial Photographers United Kingdom and Ireland. Design plagiarism: Myth or reality? written by Paul Wallen, a senior designer at ESPN the magazine, who describes his personal experience with regards to visual plagiarism. He also poses the question: does visual plagiarism exist? Various designers have provided their views on the topic.
University of Manitoba. (2010). Suggested disciplinary actions for academic dishonesty infractions. Retrieved February 10, 2020, from https://umanitoba.ca/student/media/RUBRIC_StudentDisciplineWorkingGroup.pdf
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