Visual plagiarism, what is it and what can we do about it?
Plagiarism as a topic is well researched and is widely understood in the academic community. However, this research and understanding largely focuses on plagiarism in the written word. Considerably less is known about visual plagiarism. While some scholarly literature on visual plagiarism exists, there is a dearth of literature on instructional, or best-practice resources for instructors. In this talk I will discuss ways to pre-emptively address visual plagiarism through education of instructors and students. I will speak to prevention with examples in four distinct disciplines, namely presentation design, illustration, digital media and architecture.
Keywords: Visual plagiarism, presentation design, illustration, digital media, architecture, Canada
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- Define and describe visual plagiarism
- Develop instructional practices that will help to prevent visual plagiarism in their discipline
Dr. John Paul Foxe
John Paul Foxe is the Director of Ryerson University’s Academic Integrity Office. Prior to this, he was the Manager of Ryerson’s Learning & Teaching Office, where he managed the development and delivery of professional development in teaching programs. John Paul completed his undergraduate degree in genetics at Trinity College Dublin and holds an MSc in Molecular Evolution and a PhD in population genetics, both from York University. Most recently, he completed an MA in Public Policy at Ryerson. John Paul’s interests include contract cheating prevention and awareness as well as the gamification of academic integrity education.