Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Living in Glass Houses

I'm two weeks out from having finished my grading for the semester. As the semester comes to a close, there's always discussion about students cheating - either copying someone's work or falsifying their work. It's not uncommon for a colleague to request that I look over some assignments or papers to weigh in on whether work has been copied, fudged or out-and-out faked. In fact, there's a growing market for tools to prevent (SynchronEyes) and identify (Turnitin) cheating and increased discussion regarding how to limit cheating in online and face-to-face courses. It's ironic, that the students who feel the need to cheat are often not very good at it.

An even more disturbing trend is highlighted in the article below, from the Chronicle of Higher Education. It makes me wonder how faculty will maintain the moral high ground!
Journals Find Fakery in Many Images Submitted to Support Research -
As computer programs make images easier than ever to manipulate, editors at a growing number of scientific publications are turning into image detectives, examining figures to test their authenticity.

And the level of tampering they find is alarming.
Digital Forensics: How Experts Uncover Doctored Images
Digital Forensics: 5 Ways to Spot a Fake Photo

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