[Summary from: JOLT, 2009]
Online discussions are an integral part of distance education courses. They provide a means for interaction among students and the instructor about course content as well as an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills. A growing number of faculty, however, have expressed concern about plagiarism occurring in online discussions. Rather than instructors policing discussion threads and then engaging in the time-consuming process of documenting occurrences of plagiarism, this paper considers whether it is possible to deter plagiarism of discussion threads through design and
facilitation. Seven strategies for plagiarism-proofing online discussion threads are presented.
Olt, M., (2009). Seven Strategies for Plagiarism-proofing discussion threads in Online Courses, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 5 (2).